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This stunning recipe comes from Alle Weil of Flora ex Machina and artisanal farm-to-doorstep delivery service, Out Of The Box Collective. Get in on their crave-able collab by ordering all the ingredients you need for this dish here

Breakfast should leave us feeling full and energized and sated until lunch, without feeling stuffed, bloated, or foggy. I like to think of breakfast like brain food, so this bowl was built focused around the most nutrient-dense and vibrant seasonal ingredients available. Loaded with plenty of seasonal and exotic superfoods, it spotlights these ingredients not only from a nutritional prospective, but creates an easy and delicious meal balanced with a variety of flavors and textures as well, all easily swapped in or out based on the season and your own personal preferences.

Chia seeds are a wealth of nutrition. Just one ounce provides 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, calcium, magnesium, manganese, other trace minerals, and potent antioxidants. They are also full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids in the form of ALA. Chia seeds are extremely hydrophilic, due to their gelatinous outer coating that absorbs up to 12 times their weight in liquid, creating a gel-like quality and texture perfect for puddings, jams, and even smoothies. In addition their gelatinous quality helps us hydrate and feel full longer, while the high fiber content and gentle effect of the mucilaginous coating soothes inflammation in our intestines while also gently sweeping away toxins and maintaining regularity. Chia may help to regulate blood-sugar levels, reduce cholesterol and even normalize hormones, so eat up!

Order all the ingredients to make this amazing breakfast, dropped off on your doorstep by Monday at 6 a.m. by Out of the Box Collective, so you’re ready to start your week right.

Ginger Avocado Chia Seed Pudding Bowl
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

1/4 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups nut milk of choice
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup or raw honey (optional)
2-3 dates
1 banana or 1 avocado
1 small thumb of ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp scrapped vanilla bean (optional)
pinch of sea or Himalayan pink salt

Optional add ins:

1 serving of protein powder or green powder of choice
1/2 cup of coconut milk yogurt (optional – can be blended in or used as a topping)

Optional toppings:

Approximately 1-2 tablespoons of each

Pepitas, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, or other choice of nuts and seeds
goji berries or other dried fruits and superfruits
pears
seasonal citrus
seasonal berries
passion fruit
guava
kiwi
avocado
figs
banana
mint or fresh herbs
fresh sprouts
edible flowers
cacao nibs
bee pollen
a sprinkle of spirulina or green powder, turmeric or matcha powder

Directions:

Chia pudding can be made in a couple different ways. The classic way involves washing and soaking the chia in a liquid, allowing the chia to gel for 30 minutes to a couple hours. The other, creates a smooth, thick pudding consistency that requires blending the chia while dry, and then adding the liquid component and blending again till creamy. Both ways are delicious, and in fact your body will absorb more of the chia nutrients when it is broken down. The choice is yours.

Wash and rinse chia seeds. Either blend all other ingredients together before adding chia seeds and allow to sit for at least an hour, or pulse or blend dried chia seeds to breakdown. Add all ingredients to a blender and allow to sit for about 30 minutes to 1 hour to gel.

Slice, chop and arrange seasonal toppings of choice. Enjoy!

Chia pudding can easily be prepared ahead of time or even the night before, so you can prep and go!


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