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Mix & Match Chia Bowl

Breakfast is my jam. I look forward to fueling my day with a hearty breakfast every morning and while I just looove my go-to oatmeal, all of the fresh fruit available now has inspired me to mix it up with some chia pudding.  Chia seeds are one of life's greatest mysteries. They can be used to make chia pets, or soaked in liquid to create a jelly or pudding as they swell up to 11x their original size by absorbing liquid. 

I posted a recipe for Chai Chia Pudding a few months back (delicious), but this one is even more simple, and doesn't require a blender. I've paired it with blackberries, and Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola, but you can use any fruit, and any crunchy topping that you like! I like this granola brand in particular because it has loads to clusters, is all natural, and is very low in sugar. 

Other variations may include:

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Chia Pudding

Makes 2 Servings

  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

In a medium size mixing bowl pour almond milk. Start whisking and add in chia seeds one at a time until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Let sit for 30 minutes or longer. Tip: Make a large batch ahead of time and have some ready on hand for a quick breakfast. 

What's your favorite way to fuel your day?

Cherry Gar-Chia Smoothie

Cherry Gar-Chia Smoothie (or Popsicle!) Makes 2 servings

  • 1 cup frozen cherries*
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cold water (*if you only have fresh cherries, sub ice for water)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (these add healthy fat and protein, to balance out the sugar in the cherries and chocolate)
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate (I used Pure 7 Honey Sweetened Chocolate)

Place ingredients in blender, blend until smooth. Now, you're choice: you can enjoy pour into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy later. This recipe makes about 4 popsicle molds.

Now PLEASE tell me you're ready to give up the fake dessert substitutions and indulge in something REAL?