Do you ever find yourself in a breakfast dilemma? I know I do! Between early hours, teaching Burn, and exercising myself I often times eat too much or too little before a workout and we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After much trial and error I think I’ve figured out the perfect solution to fueling up for Burn and the rest of the day. I’ve found that a small snack before class is necessary so I can power through those cardio sets; like a small piece of fruit, 1/2 an apple with almond butter, 8 oz chia kombucha or kefir. After my workout is when I really go for it, and one of my favorite things to make is chia porridge.Chia, or Salvia Hispanica, is a flowering plant in the species of mint. Chia is mainly cultivated for its seeds and native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Historians believe that chia was as vital as maize to the Aztecs. Chia is hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs up to 12 times it’s weight when soaked, making it a great additive to smoothies or a baking substitute for oil or eggs. Chia is high in omega-3 fatty acids and according to the USDA a one ounce serving of chia contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18% of the daily recommended intake of calcium, 27% phosphorous, and 30% manganese.
Add to smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars, granola, yogurt, salads, or make it into a gel and replace up to 25% of eggs or oil in baking while adding tons of nutrients.
Coconut Chia Porridge
1 can light coconut milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamonAdd chia and spices to coconut milk, it will quickly thicken then top with whatever you have on hand.
In keeping with the season I used fuyu persimmon, and pomegranate. And a handful of pistachios, almonds, and toasted unsweetened coconut flakes. It’s delicious and oh-so-filling! I like to mix it the night before, and then I have a quick breakfast for the whole week. It never gets old if you experiment with different toppings and different spices. If you are feeling adventurous try rose water and cardamom instead of the vanilla and cinnamon-SO good!Chia pudding is also a really good late night sweet tooth satisfier with zero guilt! With the holidays and winter upon us please remember to enjoy food and fuel all of your hard work at Burn. I love food and enjoy eating, I never count calories and firmly believe that making healthy food choices begins in the kitchen with mindful, organic, whole foods. So cook, eat, live a good life, and Burn.

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