Sunday, January 22, 2012

Breakfast of Champions- To Go!

I've been speaking to a friend of mine that wants to eat better but needs an easy routine for grab and go food  with his busy work schedule.  Plus he's been told to up his Omega 3s to help with eye fatigue. Crunch time is leaving for work in the morning having something ready to go and also having food that will keep him from running out for lunch or snacks when his energy starts to wane during the work day.

Energy, great for Omega 3's, quick and can be prepared a head of time. R loves his chia cereal so much that this was easy! It's the packaging that makes this even better.

Here's what I'm thinking....

A week's worth of glass pint canning jars, a little prep time on Sunday and we got grab-and-go all taken care of!

In each canning jar place one of the following mixtures:

Apple Pie:

2.5 Tbsp Chia Seeds, whole
2 Tbsp dehydrated Apples, diced
2 Tbsp Raisins
2 Tbsp Walnuts, chopped
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
1/2-1 packet Stevia

Southern Pecan Pie

2.5 Tbsp Chia Seeds, whole
2 Tbsp Pecans, chopped
2 Tbsp Cranberries
2 Tbsp shredded Coconut
1/2 -1 packet of Stevia

Southern  Pecan Pie Style Chia Pudding
Banana Bread

2.5 Tbsp Chia Seeds, whole
2 Tbsp Walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds, chopped,
2 Tbsp dehydrated Banana chips
Sprinkle of Nutmeg
1/2-1 packet of Stevia

Chocolate Pudding

2.5 Tbsp Chia Seeds, whole
1 Tbsp (heaping) Cacao Powder, or Carob or if you have to Coco
1 packet Stevia
pinch of Salt (optional)
dash of Cinnamon
Chocolate Chia Pudding

Almond Milk To Go

The combos are endless so get creative!

All you do when ready is add 6 -8 oz of Almond milk to the jar,
screw the cover on, turn upside down and shake until well mixed.
Then let sit however long you want.

It transports easily like this until you're ready to eat and then just shake it up again. Pour it into a bowl or eat right out of the jar- your choice!

How long you let it sit is a personal choice. Some say at least 10 minutes for it to thicken, some like to let it sit over night or at least an hour or so. The beauty of it is that you can add milk to make it for breakfast the night before, or add the milk before you leave in the morning to make it for a lunch or afternoon snack at work. Or take some milk to work and mix it all up about 10 mins before you want to eat it. It doesn't matter.  It won't go bad and it's all good!

Chia Cereal in the Jar Minus Toppings

Here are some options you can try as well: 

  • Chop a banana or apple to put on top when ready to eat.
  • Peaches are good too... as are berries, oh heck you get the idea- add some fresh fruit!
  • Instead of the Stevia powder mixed dry in the jar, you can use the Stevia drops, like the Sweet Vanilla Creme when ready to eat. You'll want to keep a bottle at the office too!
  • If you're at home skip the Stevia powder and add a Tbsp each of Vanilla extract and Agave or Maple Syrup when ready to eat instead or the stevia drops!!!

And since I mentioned the Stevia Liquid drops, do you know they also come in flavors like Lemon Drop, English Toffee, Chocolate Raspberry, Peppermint etc. etc. Oh MY!

Ps: if you are fortunate to have Trader Joe's around, they have a great selection of dried fruits and nuts- not sure about the Stevia and no Chia- yet. C'mon Trader Joe's!

And another thing: the jars of the pre mix will keep as long as you keep a tight lid on it. So line them up on the kitchen counter, keep them in the pantry ready to go, or keep them at your desk in the office. You've got an instant meal or snack, all ready whenever you are.

Chia mix in snack bag 

As an option you can put the mixtures in little snack bags too. Just pour them in a jar when you are ready to mix with milk.

Just don't forget your spoon and the milk.
*You can even add apple juice instead of the milk or some even like just water mixed in.

Have never heard of Chia other than the pets? The check out this article
You really want to know about chia!

So tell us.... What combos are you eating with chia these days?


Carrie L. Carree said...

Great idea's Jodi I think I will make a few of those next time I take a trip out of town!!

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

Good idea Carrie- this would work great for traveling!

kathleen said...

Fabulous idea! I agree with Carrie...great for a trip!

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

Thanks Kathleen! Makes me want to go somewhere....

Treesa said...

Great post, Jodi! I use to rely on chia and orange juice when I traveled or was in a rush. This will be fun to play with! Thanks for sharing. :)

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

Treesa, I had never thought about chia and orange juice- good to know!

Cara said...

I'm sitting here, reading this post, and I keep saying out loud, "This is such a great idea! What a great idea! I love this!" ha. I am loving chia seed pudding for breakfast these days and I am definitely going to have to do this!! xo

Jodi~GettingRaw said...

Thanks Cara! That's what I was saying to myself as I wrote this. So simple and tasty. Enjoy!


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