Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Chia and Wild Blueberry Bowl

7 WWPP Posted by 1 year ago 10 Comments

I ran out of eggs! Me!

No, you don’t understand. I NEVER run out of eggs. I have an egg system. I always have a dozen in use, a dozen in the back of the fridge and when I buy more I rotate.

At the end of the week, the dozen in use gets hard boiled, the dozen in the back becomes the dozen in use and the new dozen gets put in the back. I’ve been successfully doing this for months now without a problem.

So when I went to grab my back-up dozen to make a big New Year’s Day breakfast and it was gone I was in shock.

Then it hit me: holiday baking season!

D’oh!

Chia and Wild Blueberry BowlInstead of my very typical egg-based breakfast, I decided to have a little fun and make “chia pudding” to kick off my new year.

I tried to get the kids on board but they both chose cereal after trying a bite. They just couldn’t get over the chia texture which, in their defense, does take some time. The 2-year-old seemed more into than his older brother, taking 2-3 bites before asking for Cheerios.

As for me, well, I loved this so much I made it again today! I’m thinking I’ll put it into rotation for breakfast because my Spinach Egg Cake Breakfast is getting a little boring.

Here’s what I did…

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (26g)
  • 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries (70g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 oz (7g) slivered almonds
  • 1/4 oz (7g) cocoa nibs

Put the chia seeds, blueberries and almond milk in a bowl.

Chia and Wild Blueberry Bowl - step 1

Mix everything up and let it sit for at least 2 minutes.

The frozen blueberries will stick together; just break them up with the spoon.

Chia and Wild Blueberry Bowl - step 2

After a few minutes the chia seeds will thicken the milk and the blueberries will defrost some.

Chia and Wild Blueberry Bowl - step 3

Top with the almonds and cocoa nibs.

Yummy Chia and Wild Blueberry Bowl

Photo note: I put the final dish by the window, which is why it looks WAY better than the step-by-step photos. I need more natural light in my kitchen. It makes a HUGE difference!

If chia seeds and cocoa nibs are new to you, take another look at your local grocery store. They are both getting more and more popular. If not a natural foods store will definitely carry them or you can always purchase them online. Both are invaluable pantry additions in my opinion.

My favorites and what I used in this recipe:

Hope you had a great holiday. I look forward to cooking with you in 2014! :) 

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
245 17g 17g old: 5.5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 3g 24g 10g

See other recipes using: almond milk, almonds, blueberries, chia seeds, cocoa nibs


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    Cathy johnson

    January 3, 2014

    What are cocoa nibs & where can you buy it ?? Reply

      roni

      January 3, 2014

      I have a note about them with links at the bottom of the post.

    Jennifer Picciotti

    January 3, 2014

    Can you use fresh blueberries or do you think frozen work best? Reply

    Jessica

    January 3, 2014

    I have found my new source for yummy & healthy meals! Thanks For Sharing! Jessica Reply

    Ana

    January 4, 2014

    This site is a great 'go to' place for excellent fun ideas. Chia seeds and blueberries - two of favorite things so this is perfect. I'm sorry to hear that the kids dived for the cheerio's after sampling the dish though! Reply

    Joshua Hampton

    January 5, 2014

    My mother has an egg system like yours. Your story about running out of eggs reminded me of those funny mornings when I was a kid when she realized she ran out. This is a beautiful chia bowl. Love the blue color. Reply

    Aggie

    January 7, 2014

    I've been wanting to try chia pudding! This looks easy enough :) Reply

    Amelia Winslow

    January 8, 2014

    This looks so delicious. I was about to make a smoothie so I'm going to make this one immediately…with chocolate chips in place of the nibs since that's all I have ;) Reply

    Brittany

    January 11, 2014

    Can you make this without the cacao nibs? I have everything else on hand. Reply

      roni

      January 13, 2014

      Totally. You can really top it with anything you like. A few mini chip or even chocolate sprinkles would be fun!