Overnight Chia Pudding
If you follow me at all, you know that I lean towards smoothies for breakfast. There are many reasons this is usually the case, but a few include: 1. I don't like to chew much in the morning, 2. eggs make me feel bleh, 3. I can't do savory food until at least mid-morning, and 4. I prefer a good protein/fat/fiber combo (so most grain-based breakfasts are out for me). Smoothies fit the bill wonderfully for my above needs. But lately, I've been over my daily smoothie. I needed a change.
Enter my newest concoction. It does require some chewing (see above #1), but not as much as a hunk of meat or head of kale. It has plenty of protein (collagen and hemp), fiber (chia seeds and fruit), and fat (all them seeds). It's been great pre-workout, but also great for workday breakfasts. I don't feel hungry for a few hours after.
I usually make mine the night before (so the chia seeds have time to swell overnight). You can safely make these up to 3 days in advance.
1 cup kefir (I am using Forager's Cashewgurt)
1 scoop collagen powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
1/2-3/4 cup berries
drizzle honey if needed
1. Combine kefir and collagen powder in mason jar and either stir or shake to combine (You can also use your favorite protein powder here, vanilla flavor would be great. Just be aware that you might need to blend it to get a good consistency with an actual protein powder).
2. Pour chia seeds into the jar and shake again to combine (If you skip this step, you can sometimes end up with big chunks of chia seeds).
3. Add remaining ingredients and put in refrigerator overnight.
You can see how it measures up from My Fitness Pal below.
Make it your own:
Instead of hemp seeds, you could add your favorite seeds.
Use muesli in place of seeds/fruit.
If you use Greek yogurt instead of kefir, but be sure to add liquid (water, milk, non-dairy milk) so your chia seeds have liquid to soak up.
Use seasonal fruit (see my pumpkin variety).