Does anyone else feel like breakfast foods are full of sugar? Americans consume about 170 pounds of sugar a year, up from under 20 pounds per year in the 1700’s!
Sugar has been associated with over 60 ailments including but not limited to allergies, anxiety, cancer, arthritis, behavior problems, diabetes, eczema, fatigue, heart disease, weakened immunity, osteoporosis, and ulcers just to name a few.
We need to protect our children from the overload of sugar that is being added to our food. Their little bodies are bombarded with sugar everyday from gummy snacks and sugary cereal to juices and yogurts. All the sugar they are consuming not only impairs their immune systems, altering the germ killing ability of white blood cells for up to 5 hours. Sugar also disrupts distribution of vitamin C (one of the bodies most important antioxidants.)
I have tried to be intentional lately about getting refined sugar out of breakfast. Its not easy to do when your busy, but defiantly doable! I like to sweeten the Chia Pudding with maple syrup because its full of minerals and health benefits.
If you haven’t started incorporating chia seeds into your diet, this is a healthy and fun way to do it. This tiny little seed packs some amazing benefits. Lets look at a few:
- Shown to have one of the largest amounts of omega 3’s found in food.
- More potassium than bananas.
- More protein than some beans.
- 2 times the antioxidants of blueberries.
- More folate than asparagus.
- More Iron than spinach.
- packed with selenium, fiber, and phosphorus.
This Chia Pudding would be a fun and easy breakfast to add into your morning routine!
- 1 cup unsweetened Coconut or Almond milk
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 2-4 tbsp Pure maple syrup depending on your taste preference
- 1/8 tsp pink salt
- You can add many flavorings, I added
- 1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 tsp Matcha green tea powder
- Frozen or fresh berries or fruit to garnish *optional
- The night before in a medium bowl add milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Whisk this mixture until all the everything is incorporated.
- In the morning divide pudding into 3 equal parts, in 3 separate bowls.
- With a blender or nutri-bullet (i use mine everyday,Get one here ) blend frozen or fresh berries.
- Mix blended berries in one of the bowls of chia pudding
- Mix 1 tsp Matcha green tea powder in one of the bowls of chia pudding.
- Leave one plain
- Layer plain, then green, then berry in 2 serving dishes.
- Top with berries
- Serve cold
*This serves 2.
*Matcha green tea is very healthy and provides many health benefits, however it does have caffeine which is why I didn’t add much. (my kids don’t need extra caffeine!)
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