Chia Pudding Goodness

We officially started FORM last week, an 8-month leadership school led by Grace Midtown. During our retreat, we evaluated the five capitals in our life (spiritual, relational, physical, intellectual, and financial) and what we want to invest in more in the coming years.

Of course, I said I wanted to spend more time being creative, which hasn’t been happening at all lately. Even when I have free time, I barely have the energy to do the things I want to do. So to make more room for creativity in my life, I want to invest in my body and add some healthy (but still yummy) eats to my week.

I recently discovered chia seeds while working at a bubble tea shop and loved them so much I wanted to find other ways to incorporate them into meals: hence, the chia pudding I want to share with you!

If you didn’t know already, chia seeds are considered a super food and are uber good for you. They’re loaded with fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. And even better, they’re known to boost energy, which is exactly what I need.

I tested out Bon Appétit’s chia pudding recipe. Prep the chia seeds overnight and chop up some toppings in the morning. It can’t get much simpler!

The almond milk and syrup (I substituted the agave for maple syrup) gave the chia seeds a creamy, subtly sweet flavor—a refreshing alternative to my usual oatmeal.

Morning one, I topped it with coconut shavings, pineapple, and dried apricots, as the recipe goes. Dried apricots are great to munch on, but they do have a unique texture, and I didn’t like them combined with the feel of the chia pudding. Morning two, I did coconut shavings and banana slices. I’m going to add some cinnamon as well next time around.

More than anything, I woke up Thursday morning excited to get out of bed, and I even got to spend quality time with my roommate over a cup of coffee before she left for work!

I found a sweetness in leaning into the silence of the morning and nourishing my body, and it positioned me in a peaceful and productive mindset for the rest of the day. I want more mornings like these, please!

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