Breakfast is an important meal of the day. You are quite literally ‘breaking’ your overnight ‘fast’. Skipping breakfast can cause your blood sugar levels to go all out of whack which puts a stress on your body. This can lead to poor food choices and even weight gain.

The way you start your day really does set the tone for the rest of it, so don’t let a busy schedule hinder or prevent you from getting into good health habits. Make your morning routine a good one, giving yourself plenty of time to relax, sit down and enjoy your meal.

Many people get stuck into a routine of having the same breakfast choice over and over again, and sooner or later they can become tired of it, or give up on breakfast altogether.

That’s where Nourish’s Beat the Breakfast Blues blog series comes in. Each day this week, I am going to show you one new way to combine super nutritious, energising, high antioxidant, high fibre breakfast options to start your day healthy and keep you full and satisfied until lunch!

Let’s kick it off with everyone’s new favourite pudding: Chia!

1. Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are simply put; amazing!

They may look tiny, but they sure pack a punch when it comes to health benefits.

These mighty seeds are high in health-boosting nutrients, including calcium and magnesium, omega 3, fibre, antioxidants and protein.

Chia seeds are an ideal breakfast option and are super easy to make into a delicious chia pudding. They might not look like much in their dry form, but once they’ve been soaked overnight in almond/coconut/rice milk overnight, they swell up in size and become almost like the texture of tapioca.

It’s best to make the night before (and only takes a few minutes!) and you can vary the amounts to your liking for smaller or large portions.

For One Chia Pudding:

Ingredients


Simply soak about ½ Cup of Chia Seeds in 2-3 Cups of your milk of choice (almond/coconut/rice etc.) – you can start with 2 cups liquid and add more if you need to.
Add 1-2TSP of your sweetener of choice (e.g raw honey/maple syrup)
½ TSP of Cinnamon Powder
½ TSP Vanilla Powder

Directions:

Then mix all together.
Leave for a couple of minutes and then mix again.
Set aside for a couple of hours or overnight and voila!

In the morning you can add your choice of fruit, cacao nibsgoji berries, or even SuperLife Breakfast topping to make it more decadent!

I also like to add a teaspoon of Acai powder or Matcha tea powder through the night before so I can have an extra hit of energy giving nutrition.

Watch out throughout the week for more additions to the Beat the Breakfast Blues blog series and click on the links underneath for the recipes once they’re up!

Grab the other recipes from our Beat the Breakfast Blues blog series:
• Veggie Frittata
• Green Smoothie
• Baked Beans
• Green Kitchen Stories – Banana & Blueberry Pancakes
• Happy Pear – Bircher Muesli / Overnight Oats

2. Probiotic Muesli (for one)

The next recipe brings in the dynamic duo of probiotic muesli and chia pudding. If you want to snazz up your chia pudding, or want something a bit more filling to fuel you through your day, try making the following addition:

Add a Handful of oats to a small bowl

Sprinkle a teaspoon or 2 of flaxseeds (AKA linseeds) – ground or whole – whichever you prefer

Cover with enough almond or coconut milk to cover the oats but not drown them – just so they soak in the liquid. Leave for about 5 minutes. (alternatively you could do this overnight when you make the chia pudding too, it’s up to you)

Choose your option: Either mix through an opened up probiotic capsule and stir through; or mix a good dollop of Coyo coconut yogurt through for additional thickness, flavour and probiotic dose.

Acai Topping

Blend up a mixture of frozen strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberries with a teaspoon of coconut sugar and a tsp of acai powder

Sometimes berries can be quite tart, so taste test before you smother your breakfast in your topping! 
You may want to add a bit of cinnamon for natural sweetness or a bit more coconut sugar.

Directions:

Get out a beautiful bowl and add your chia pudding (as made here) filling one-half of the bowl.

Fill the other half of the bowl with your probiotic muesli and then pour over your acai topping.

The thicker the topping the better so that you don’t pour an ocean of liquid across your bowl!

Then top off your creation with your choice of nuts e.g macadamiacashewalmondpecan and any additional fruit topping.

Voila!

Don’t let the morning get you down. Bust those breakfast blues with other recipes from our series:
• Veggie Frittata
• Green Smoothie
• Baked Beans
• Green Kitchen Stories – Banana & Blueberry Pancakes
• Happy Pear – Bircher Muesli / Overnight Oats

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me via our Facebook or Twitter page!

– Emily
Twitter – @nourishstores

*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.

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