Over a year ago I decided to get tested for food allergies or intolerance’s after completing an elimination diet. I narrowed it down to a few items but wasn’t quite sure. I had my blood drawn and tested. The results were startling to say the least, I had MORE food intolerance’s than I knew about; wheat, eggs, animal milk, Parmesan cheese, which is my absolute favorite, etc. My food issues are not life threatening but over time my skin breaks out in rashes and my stomach is constantly upset. Once I knew what I needed to stay away from I had to figure out how to make meals and snacks that would work for me. We basically went with a paleo diet.
Unfortunately, I have fallen back into bad habits and terrible eating. Like I said none of the allergies are life threatening but my skin and stomach take the brunt of it. I am making a change TODAY. The biggest issue is not prepping my breakfast and lunch. Dinner is usually my focus but over time it has become apparent that breakfast and lunch are an after thought.
Sunday is usually my prep day. I struggle the most with…BREAKFAST! Heading out to work or running out to the gym. On the menu is chia pudding, like this one, and overnight gluten free oats. I found most of the recipes on pintrest. I have a pile of mason jars and loaded them all up, enough for a week.
Chia pudding with berry and nuts. It looks really gross but I have to say it is extremely delicious and filling.
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Fresh berries for topping
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a glass and shake to combine. Refrigerate overnight. Stir quickly in the morning, top with berries, and enjoy! I mixed the berries and slivered almonds with a tablespoon of maple syrup, stir and placed the mixture on top. ( Most bags of chia seeds have the instructions but I have found they can ask for a tad too much liquid so trial and error.)
For lunch, in the past I have loaded mason jars up. However, I do not have enough space in my fridge right now so I made a run to Costco and bought a whole bunch of their pre-made salads and a rotisserie chicken. Lunch is done! Also, I can make a quick chicken quesadila for Hudson’s lunch. WINNER!
I hope you try the chia pudding, it is so good and oh so good for you.