I’m fairly terrible at eating breakfast. I have been for a long long time. Even when I was young I just never felt hungry in the mornings.
My intentions improved during my ‘office days’ as I could eat breakfast at my desk. But I’d get so easily distracted it would end up sitting there for lets just say a little while before I’d remember to eat it.
Its not that I don’t appreciate breakfast foods. Fresh granola with greek yoghurt and strawberries is up there on my favourite foods list and so is eggs with anything at anytime of the day.
My problem is right there in the distraction of the day, or the distraction of buying a cup of coffee or these days making sure your lunches are delivered on time.
Without a doubt, the first thing I’ll remove from my morning routine if I’m running late is breakfast. I know what you’re saying “Shock! Lunch Lady Lou, I never thought I’d hear this from you”. But I do have a remedy.
One of my food philosophies is to know your ‘food weaknesses’. The temptation to skip breakfast is definitely one of mine. Once you know what it is, put measures in place to beat yourself at your own game. For me, hands down its to make amazing, delicious, preferably chocolatey, dessert-like, super healthy and filling breakfasts that I won’t want to pass up… or leave in the fridge for someone else to steal.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves: 1 delicious serving
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon honey/maple syrup/coconut sugar
- 3/4 cup water/nut milk
- 1 tablespoon greek yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon Cacao nibs
- Fruit of your choice optional
- Nuts or coconut optional
To make this really easy, foolproof and portable I make this recipe in a 375mL jar. You could also use a plastic container or just a bowl. I like the jar so I can grab from the fridge, with a spoon and run out the door.
- Add your chia seeds to your jar/container/bowl.
- Add the cacao, cinnamon and sweetener of your choice.
- Add water or nut milk
- If using a jar, put the lid on your jar and give it a good shake to mix the chia seeds and other ingredients together. If using a bowl or container, use a spoon to mix together really well.
- Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight.
- In the morning, add your yoghurt, cacao nibs, fruit and other toppings and you’re good to go.