I thought a ~$1 serving of Greek yogurt + $0.50 banana + large dollop of peanut butter was just about as inexpensive as you could get for a healthy breakfast.
Turns out that there are many more creative, healthy things you can make (besides eggs and oatmeal) for a satisfying yet cheap breakfast!
Chia seed pudding!
I am one of those wacky people who loves chocolate in the AM (in a healthy way), so chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder often find their way into my breakfast bowls. (You can read my post on how I eat chocolate the “healthy way” here).
Not only is chia good for you, the pudding is super easy to make, and requires no assembly in the morning!
Let’s also appreciate for a second how disgusting my food looks when I put 0 effort into the aesthetics. This is what I eat, people. Funny looking mush.
The other morning I was rushing off to work training, and had absolutely no time to make breakfast. I quite literally grabbed my chia pudding from the fridge and threw it in my bag before running out the door. Okay, well, I stopped to slice a banana before throwing it in there, but close enough!
Besides the convenience and the health benefits, I love how cost-effective chia seeds are. I think I bought my 14 serving (2 Tbsp/serving) bag of chia for about $4 or so, which works out to a little less than 30 cents per serving! I usually use about 3 Tbsp of chia seeds in my breakfast, but even so, that still works out to less than 50 cents per serving, which is a huge steal.
My chia recipe usually consists of the following:
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of rolled oats (sometimes)
- ~1 cup of milk or water
- flavouring (vanilla, maple syrup, hot chocolate mix)
- sliced banana
- scoop of peanut butter
Another benefit to the pudding? Unlike overnight oats, which I can nibble on throughout the night, chia seeds actually need at least an hour or more to set, which reduces the chances of me eating them prematurely by a lot! (Raise your hand if you’ve ever pre-made your breakfast the night before, eaten it, and then had to remake it. Guilty).
Do you like chia seeds? If so, how do you eat them?
My next chia endeavour is to try them in baking, such as muffins! I’ve also seen some recipes for chia jam, which looks delicious but perhaps a bit too ambitious for now.