Who knew ‘parfait’ meant ‘perfect’ in French? Life just makes so much more sense now.
I woke up this morning planning to have this awesome brekky inspired by In It 4 the Long Run’s recipe, and then realized too late that I should have started prepping it the night before… Cue the hangry stomach rumblings as I forced myself to wait the l o o o o n g e s t hour ever so that the chia seeds could do their thing.
But it was so worth the wait. Creamy, pudding-y, delicious, nutritious, spiced with a little vanilla and cinnamon, delicious, satisfying, and, oh, did I mention delicious? It was all that and more.
The first time I ate chia pudding was practically 6 years ago. My gut reaction was ohmygosh ew who eats this?! And then I proceeded to finish it because what else is a girl supposed to do when she’s already in school and there’s no other option?
Lately I’d been reading a lot about the benefits of chia seeds, especially for those with digestive problems. They really pack a fiber-filled punch, with 6 grams in just 1 small tablespoon. Talk about good-for-your-gut! They’ve also got omega-3 fatty acids, protein and antioxidants. Plus the seeds are super versatile and easy to use.
So, all of this led to me giving the stuff a second chance. Can I say my eyes have been opened and I’ve seen the light without seeming too cliche? Because I have.
This is definitely getting an encore and a spot in my breakfast rotation. Next time I’ll remember to stick it in the fridge the night before, though.
- For chia pudding:
- · 1½ tbsp chia seeds
- · ½ cup almond milk*
- · ½ tsp vanilla extract
- · ¼ tsp cinnamon, adjust to taste
- For parfait:
- · ½ cup Greek yogurt (I used Siggi's 0% vanilla skÿr, which is one of my all-time favorite yogurts)
- · ½ cup blueberries
- · drizzle of peanut butter
- The night before, mix together chia pudding ingredients in jar. Place in fridge.**
- In the morning, layer chia pudding, yogurt, and berries until all ingredients are used up. Top with peanut butter.
- Devour with pleasure.
**Ideally, this should have at least 3 hours to gel. Like I said, I only gave it 1 hour, and it still tasted amazing!
Have you ever tried chia pudding? What’s your favorite flavor?