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High-Protein Overnight Blueberry and Banana Chia Breakfast Bowl

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Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo! Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.
Easy overnight chia pudding with bananas and blueberries.
Easy overnight chia pudding with bananas and blueberries. Photo Credit Getty Images

I recently read “The 21-Day Superstar Cleanse” (see our review) by Rainbeau Mars, and while I haven’t committed to doing the cleanse just yet, the book contains a number of health tips and healthy recipes that have been game-changers for me!

One of those recipes is Rainbeau’s Jumpstart Chia Breakfast from Day 1 of the cleanse. It’s high in protein and fiber, and it contains two superfoods — blueberries and chia seeds. Plus, it’s vegan and so easy to make.

This is such an easy and healthy breakfast. Best of all, no cooking is needed, so it’s great for mornings when you’re in a hurry or on the go. It’s also incredibly easy to travel with — just pack a baggie of chia seeds sprinkled with cinnamon and bring a banana and/or a packet of raw honey. It will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.

Chia seeds are a great source of vitamins A, B, E, and D.
Chia seeds are a great source of vitamins A, B, E, and D. Photo Credit Dante Busquets / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images

Here’s the recipe and a video from LEAF showing exactly how to make it:

Blueberry Banana Chia Breakfast Bowl

See the complete nutritional information and full recipe in LIVESTRONG.COM’s Tracker so that you can easily track it.

Calories: 259 calories
Fat: 16 grams
Carbs: 30 grams
Protein: 10 grams

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
    - 3/4 cup water (or almond milk or cashew milk)
    - 1 banana
    - 1/4 cup blueberries
    - 1 teaspoon raw honey
    - 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

1. Soak chia seeds overnight in a bowl in the refrigerator OR mix chia seeds in 3/4 cup almond milk (or water) and stir until it gels up and allow it to wait 15-20 minutes to absorb the liquid.

2. Once it reaches a pudding consistency, stir in honey, cinnamon, sliced banana, and blueberries. You can also swap in goji berries (another superfood!) or strawberries or sliced peaches to change things up. Or, simply eat it with the honey and cinnamon.

NOTE: Chia seeds can absorb up to 9 times their volume in liquid. Soaked chia seeds alone can be stored covered n the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Readers -- Have you tried chia pudding before? What do you think? If you have other recipes or different chia mix-ins to share, please leave a comment below. Also, check out the recipe for my Dark Chocolate Vegan Chia Pudding.

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