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This awesome post was written by Alina Islam, a wonderful Certified Nutritional Practitioner from Toronto, Canada. She is a writer, speaker and nutritional consultant. You can read more of her work at AlinaIslam.com or follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Do you know what gets me out of bed in the morning? If you’re thinking along the lines of, “helping people”, “seeing family and friends”, “going for a workout”, “getting things done”…then unfortunately, that is incorrect. While all those things give me purpose and metaphorically get me out of bed each day, what LITERALLY gets me out of bed is the thought of breakfast.

 On days when the blanket is my best friend, I think about the delicious breakfast that’s waiting for me in the fridge or that I’m going to make. I start thinking about berries, green smoothies, chopped nuts, muffins, oatmeal, pancakes…and by then it’s game over. I’ve thrown myself off the bed and I’m eager to get into the kitchen. My brain is that simple.

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 My current breakfast obsession is chia pudding. (If you’re wondering what the heck that is, chia is a tiny, nutrient-dense seed that creates a gelatinous texture once left in water for over 15 minutes or so…perfect for a pudding!) I tend to make a few servings the night before, and then I have breakfast ready for the next few days.

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 It feels like a nice treat to wake up to in the morning, plus you’re getting in a ton of fibre, calcium, magnesium, Omega 3s and antioxidants!

Note: 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds = 6g of fibre = call me if you don’t go to the bathroom that day.

Chia Pudding

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds*
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk e.g. almond, coconut, hemp
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts e.g. almonds, walnuts
  • 1 cup berries e.g. blackberries, raspberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

*You can now find these at any big grocery store like Loblaws, and definitely at a health food store.

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 Instructions:

  • Blend together non-dairy milk, berries, banana and vanilla
  • Add in chia seeds, and blend on the lowest setting for a few seconds, just until incorporated into mixture evenly**
  • Pour mixture into two small mason jars/containers
  • Mix in chopped nuts
  • Let sit overnight. The chia pudding will be ready to eat in the morning!
  • Garnish with chopped nuts and berries

**If you don’t have a blender, you can achieve this mashing together everything by hand. Pudding will just be chunkier!

Republished with permission from www.alinaislam.com.

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Alina Islam
Certified Nutritional Practitioner, CNP
"Alina Islam is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and in-house nutritionist at The Hearty Soul in Toronto, Canada. Through her relatable approach, Alina loves to educate and empower her clients to create long-lasting, sustainable change using food, lifestyle and natural supplements as her toolkit. Click here to claim her free eBook, 'The Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep' to lose up to 10 pounds, skyrocket your energy and take control of your health."
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