Green is always the color of the New Year! It is the color of fresh, new nature, of cleaning up your digestive tract, and giving your body the much craved oxygen it needs to have more energy. Green smoothies are always my go to as soon as I come back from holidays. (I even have a beat the jetlag green smoothie recipe :-)), and this green chia pudding is my favorite new breakfast addition. One of the best benefits is that I can whip it up at night, and don't have to worry about making breakfast in the morning. That's a huge win!
The green color comes from spirulina, a blue green algae that is a nutritional powerhouse. With most superfoods powders like this, more isn't always better. You only need 1/4 - 1 teaspoon to reap the benefits of this powder, so don't go overboard with adding it to all your smoothies and breakfast bowls. You will regret the very strong bitter taste, and may be put off of it for life. Because of its beautiful mermaid-like color, this recipe is an easy sell to my daughter. Give it a try!
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Makes 1 serving:
1/2 cup coconut milk
zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp raw honey (or other sweetener of your choice)
1 tsp vanilla extract (make your own at home - cheap and easy!)
1/4 tsp spirulina powder
2 Tbsp chia seeds
Combine the coconut milk, lemon zest, honey, vanilla, and spirulina in a bowl. Whisk until everything is well combined.
Add the chia seeds, stir until well coated, then let sit for 20 minutes or overnight until a creamy pudding has formed. You may want to stir it half way through.
You can serve it with fresh fruit, topped with chopped nuts or seeds or just as is.