I reluctantly try new things. I must admit that I am picky and have the palate of a 3yr. old. If I don’t like something I stomp my feet and complain, even if my wife assures me I will love it. Oh yeah, I am that guy. But I am trying to amend my picky ways, I mean I have to right? As part of having integrity as a food blogger, I have to be willing to go that extra mile and branch out? Its so difficult for me. But alas, I do it for you guys, or so my wife will stop bugging me about. Either way I eventually cave and try whatever is on the docket.
I think we spend out teens and 20’s living life as if we are invincible. We think nothing will touch us, no harm will come to us, we are immortal. At least that is what we tell ourselves when we do risky things, we wouldn’t even consider in our 30’s. But as we get older and our bodies begin to age, and we mature slightly we realize all those late night hot pockets and pizza rolls, just don’t cut it for us any more. Our bodies demand something more nutritious.
You really just start to feel like crap when you eat that stuff. You start to notice how much better you feel when you eat lean proteins and veggies, and you begin to cut out sugar in excess. Whoa, that last one is a revelation for me, and still a daily struggle. Cutting out sugar, and HFCS cause man I love me some cokes. I am trying to opt for more natural items.
My wife is always coming up with new things for dessert. She is always trying to sneak in the healthy on me. Her new dessert go-to item is Chia pudding. Now I know what you thinking, seriously I do, what is Chia Pudding. Well its crazy simple to make, and they are those little black and white tiny seeds you see in the organic section of the store, and you don’t know what to do with them. Well I am about to show you.
I liken this to a grown up version of Jello. You pour your milk choice over the seeds, let them sit overnight, I add in a little maple syrup or agave for sweetness, and in the morning you have a very pudding consistency. I like a little crunch in my pudding so I add some Kellogg’s Origin Ancient Grain Granola, Muesli, or Cereal to mine. What I love about this product is that it uses real ingredients like oats, barley, spelt, quinoa and Kamut. These are grains I know are good for me and for my family. With no artificial sweetener, no artificial flavors, or hydrogenated oils, I can feel good about adding this crunch to my chia pudding, whether it be for dessert or breakfast. I love the crunch the Kellogg’s Origins adds to my pudding, as well as the texture and flavor. I don’t just add this to my puddings, or yogurts, its wonderful with milk for breakfast! Give Kellogg’s Origins a try!
1 ½ cups of milk
½ cup of chia seeds
1 tbs of maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cinnamon
Kellogg’s Ancient Grain Origins Granola
Combine milk, chia seeds, syrup, vanilla and cinnamon together in a bowl. Stir to combine, cover and let it sit overnight in the fridge. In the morning take it out and give it a good stir, top as desired with berries and granola.
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