There is not one single person in our household that could be called a “morning person”. I have great admiration for people who can pop out of bed with a smile on their face and start their day at full tilt. I’m not going to pretend I understand it…but I do admire them. 🙂 I’m more of an “I’m up because I have to be, but don’t look at me, talk to me or make requests of me” person when I first wake up. 🙂 I would really just like to be left to shuffle about in peace and quiet, doing what I need to do, without being required to be sociable or terribly productive. My “I prefer being a night-owl” mentality has been inherited by all our kids, so mornings aren’t really pretty at our house — and no one is really in the mood for prepping a big breakfast. The problem is everyone still needs to EAT breakfast.
On principle, I haven’t bought commercial breakfast cereal in years. It’s incredibly expensive, has little or no nutritional value and a box can easily be consumed in one sitting by a large family. So, what’s the solution for quick and easy breakfasts that allow our household to wake up slowly? Premaking our favorite grab and go breakfast items. That’s the simple secret. I prefer to wile away my night-owl hours baking muffins, granola bars, English muffins, or yogurt pancakes. I can whip up refrigerator oatmeal, delicious smoothies and breakfast puddings. I can pre-build breakfast burritos and sandwiches or bake a scrambled egg casserole, too. Then in the morning when our vision is still a little blurry and communication is not high on the list of priorities, my family can quickly heat up a serving of one of my pre-made options for a quick, tasty and nutritious breakfast, which, consequently, shifts that “waking up process” into high gear and helps us all to get moving.
Yesterday, I promised to show you how to use my Homemade Yogurt in these simple Yogurt Chia Breakfast Pudding cups. I LOVE making breakfast items that can be stored in the fridge in individual servings and Ball Canning jars are perfect for doing that! I use the 4 ounce quilted jars for this delicious protein-, vitamin- and antioxidant-packed breakfast pudding. The recipe is versatile and you will certainly be able to make any number of substitutions or alterations to customize these to your family’s personal tastes and your pantry’s contents. You’re going to need plain yogurt and chia seeds, fresh or frozen fruit/berries, your favorite natural sweetner and any other add-ins that your family loves or you use to boost nutrition. I like adding hemp seed for added protein and antioxidants, plus I like the texture. Some members of my family prefer it without, though, so being able to customize individual portions is a real plus.
The recipe I’m sharing is fast and easy for me to put together and will show you exactly how I made the Yogurt Chia Breakfast Puddings for my own fridge. Feel free to “mix it up” with your own ingredients and create a tasty stockpile of pre-made breakfasts for your own family. Enjoy!
- Place 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 Tablespoon of hemp seeds and 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar in the bottom of each jar.
- Add ¼ cup plain yogurt to each jar.
- Stir to combine yogurt, seeds and coconut sugar.
- Mince fresh or frozen fruit or berries and add 2 Tablespoons to the top of each jar. Leave the fruit on top and screw the lids on the jars.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, so chia has time to swell and soften in the yogurt and fruit juices.
- Open the jars and serve. Enjoy!
How do you fit a nutritious breakfast into your family’s busy mornings?
Do you have favorite recipes that you can prepare ahead?