Welcome back from the cookie-cocktail-candy binge. It was fun while it lasted, but most of us are likely feeling the effects — whether you're sluggish, bloated or carrying a few extra pounds around the middle.
So it's time to bounce back. And we think breakfast is a great (and manageable) place to start.
“Coming off the holidays it’s normal to crave a lot of sugar, so I created both of these breakfast options as an alternative," says Kelly LeVeque, holistic nutritionist and celebrity health coach. "They’re both high in fiber, protein and healthy fat, and low in sugar and net carbohydrates to support blood sugar balance, regulate hunger hormones and fuel our body for the new year. If you grew up on cereal, yogurt or granola these are the perfect swaps."
1. Place the chia seeds in a mason jar (or other glass container with screw-on lid).
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2. Place the almond milk, protein powder and nut butter in a high-speed blender and blend, then pour the mixture over the chia seeds and screw the lid on tight. Shake well to mix.
3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, then shake lightly again and taste. If the pudding is congealed but the chia seeds are still crunchy, add 2 more tablespoons almond milk, stir to incorporate, and return to the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. (You’re more likely to need this added step if you use a plant-based protein powder.)