I recently read “The 21-Day Superstar Cleanse” (see our review) by Rainbeau Mars, and while I haven’t committed to doing the cleanse just yet, the book contains a number of health tips and healthy recipes that have been game-changers for me!
One of those recipes is Rainbeau’s Jumpstart Chia Breakfast from Day 1 of the cleanse. It’s high in protein and fiber, and it contains two superfoods — blueberries and chia seeds. Plus, it’s vegan and so easy to make.
This is such an easy and healthy breakfast. Best of all, no cooking is needed, so it’s great for mornings when you’re in a hurry or on the go. It’s also incredibly easy to travel with — just pack a baggie of chia seeds sprinkled with cinnamon and bring a banana and/or a packet of raw honey. It will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
Here’s the recipe and a video from LEAF showing exactly how to make it:
Blueberry Banana Chia Breakfast Bowl
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3/4 cup water (or almond milk or cashew milk)
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Soak chia seeds overnight in a bowl in the refrigerator OR mix chia seeds in 3/4 cup almond milk (or water) and stir until it gels up and allow it to wait 15-20 minutes to absorb the liquid.
2. Once it reaches a pudding consistency, stir in honey, cinnamon, sliced banana, and blueberries. You can also swap in goji berries (another superfood!) or strawberries or sliced peaches to change things up. Or, simply eat it with the honey and cinnamon.
NOTE: Chia seeds can absorb up to 9 times their volume in liquid. Soaked chia seeds alone can be stored covered n the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Readers -- Have you tried chia pudding before? What do you think? If you have other recipes or different chia mix-ins to share, please leave a comment below. Also, check out the recipe for my Dark Chocolate Vegan Chia Pudding.