Chia Seed Pudding

This is my exploration into the best breakfast ever. I don't mean the most delicious, but I hope the best breakfast is also delicious. I mean the breakfast that satiates me and carries me through the morning with energy, passion and focus. 


Do you know all the amazing things that chia seeds can do for you? My homegirl Mettie June used to make this chia pudding for dessert. As with most desserts, I really wanted to eat it for breakfast. Here's my seed-tastic breakfast version:

INGREDIENTS 

1 cup fresh almond or coconut milk (homemade is delicious, but storebought is fine)

1/4 cup chia seeds

2 Tb pumpkin seeds

2 Tb hemp hearts

2 Tb sunflower seeds

a small handful of raspberries or blueberries

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Optional: 1 Tb cocoa nibs

Makes 2 servings.

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix chia seeds into milk and let stand, stirring several times. I let mine hang out overnight in the fridge, but 15 minutes is okay too. 

2. Stir in coconut flakes and sprinkle seeds and berries on top. Give a drizzle of honey if you need the extra sweetness.  


Summary of my chia pudding breakfast experiment:

Right After Eating: Chia seeds seem to have a time release factor, so I didn't feel quite full enough immediately after eating. Probably half an hour later, I noticed that my belly felt satisfied.  

Two Hours Later: I felt satisfied and focused. Chia seeds absorb more water as they go, and swell to 16 times their original size! I also felt springy? Something about eating lots of seeds makes me feel spry and light and ready for action.