Protein Packed Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

Savouring Saturday

Soooooo, just to let you in on a little secret (NOT), I am hitting the big 4-0 this July and I am determined to  blaze the way into this new decade with health, strength and peace.  It is not about being thin and perfect, but about feeling my best.  I don’t want to find myself blaming my age for a lack of energy or stamina.  I have three superstar kids to keep up with and Zest to run with my sweet Sam-Bam!

How am I getting prepped for 40, you may ask?  Well, I don’t think it’s about crash diets or drastic cleanses.  Honestly, I personally think it boils down to the small decisions that pop up everyday.  Essentially, balancing good nutrition with activity.  My peace and strength are definitely being honed by exercise.  I try to work activity into the majority of my days, whether it be yoga, Zumba, running or a hike with my kids.  Since my schedule is so crazy, I have GOT to be super intentional about this!

When it comes to health, nutrition plays a huge factor for me.  Obviously, as a caterer & food blogger, I am surrounded constantly by high caloric foods.  I like Giada de Laurentis’ approach…a small bite or two is fine.  Don’t deprive yourself of beautiful food, but just a taste will do.  Instead, I fill myself up with high octane foods.  Lot’s of legumes, grains, veggies, fruit and (my favorite) fish.  But, it’s the small decisions.  Like when in a rush and I find myself hitting up Chipotle for a quick filler up, I always go for brown rice.  It’s a small switch up, but overtime, those small switch-ups make a BIG difference for your health.

So, today, I am giving you a recipe for a small morning switch-up.  Instead of reaching for that bagel and cream cheese, how about a protein packed treat that is sweetened with natural, 0 calorie stevia.  It will give you sustained energy, and keep your blood sugar levels chill!

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Protein Packed Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

1 heaping spoon of peanut butter powder

3-4 tbls chia seeds (depending on how thick you want it)

sprinkle of stevia

1/4 tsp cinnamon

top of with cashew milk

top with:

slivered almonds

chopped apple

dusting of cinnamon

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Again, it’s the small things.  I like to make these little treats right in the cups that I am going to eat them in.  That way, if I am running out the door, I have the freedom to eat healthy on the go!  Just stir them together at night, pop them into the fridge and get ready to chow in the AM (I make several so that I have breakfast covered for a few days).

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Have you tried peanut butter powder yet?  You can pick it up in a ton of different stores….even Costco is carrying it now.  It’s awesome because it is higher in protein and lower in calories than regular peanut butter.  It is magical in smoothies and tastes great!

This recipe is casual and is literally for each cup.  So, in each cup start with the spoonful of peanut butter powder and the 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Add in the chia seeds and the stevia.  Then, top off with cashew milk.  Feel free to sub in any of your fav milks.  I just love the creaminess of cashew milk.

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The most important thing when working with chia seeds is to stir them as soon as you add the liquid component.  Otherwise, they will clump badly and your pudding will not set right.  Once you have stirred thoroughly, pop it into the fridge.

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Here is a nice side-by-side of a freshly made pudding and one that has set overnight, so you can see the texture that you are aiming for.

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If you want to make this truly a to-go food, then pre-cut some fruit and nuts to top your pudding in the morning.

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Yum!  I have my crunch, creaminess, protein, and the warmth of cinnamon (which happens to be great for your health, including being anti-inflamatory,  cancer fighter and lowers blood sugar levels).

With little tricks up my sleeve like this one, I feel ready to celebrate 40!  I am feeling strong!

xoxo

Chanda

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