So what to eat for breakfast then? I mean, besides the typical green smoothies or fruit/protein shakes? Yogurt or non dairy yogurt with fruit is okay and I can justify a GF waffle with nut butter too but since I can't get a fried avocado taco from Torchy's everyday (I mean, I can't right? That just can't be the best choice!) what else can be eaten that's not a total bore?
Protein is important at daybreak to start the day with stable blood sugar and a satiated appetite. So what to do?
Thanks to my nutritionist, I've come up with a new idea for a SUPER yummy, sweet, satisfying treat: Coconut Chia Pudding!
Coconut milk is full of MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids, i.e. the fat your body utilizes best!) and chia seed are an excellent source of Omega 3s, fiber and protein. Add some berries for antioxidant value and banana for B vitamins, fiber, minerals and vitamin C. Are you excited yet?
Here is the recipe that my nutritionist put together without measurements that I tried my best to adapt. Came out great!
You will need:
- 1 can coconut milk - the thicker the better
- 1 ripe banana (I keep over ripes on hand in the freezer).
- about a cup to a cup and a half of any berries (I used frozen mixed blue and black)
- a dash of vanilla extract
- a dash of your choice of sweetener (stevia, honey, etc....)
- bulk chia seeds on hand
- Place all ingredients except the chia seeds into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour the mix into a glass dish or bowl. I also added just a small amount of water (optional) about a 1/4 cup.
- Place a layer of chia seeds on top of the mixture until you can no longer see the blue color but it is now covered by seeds and looks brown.
- Mix well.
- Repeat step #3 adding another generous layer of chia seeds and mix again until there is one homogeneous, creamy mix.
- Cover and leave in the fridge ideally overnight but for at least 3-4 hours.