Sonya O'Donnell's Power Chia Banana Pudding
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Lucky me--I don't work on Friday's.
But, no matter how late I get home on Thursday nights, without fail, I wake up early on Friday morning so I can get to my favorite workout: Caroline's 30 minutes of spinning, followed by 30 minutes of weight-training intervals that keep the heart pumping.
There usually isn't much time for breakfast--and don't tell anyone--but, sometimes I leave the house without even brushing my teeth--until I get home! Shhh!
Last week when I spotted Sonya O'Donnell's Quick Banana Chocolate Chia Pudding, I decided I had to give it a try. I'm a sucker for pudding, chocolate, and chia.
Nothing could have been easier to whip up! I added my secret ingredient--1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder to give it a touch of sophistication--and a little caffeine.
Let me tell you--this pudding is THE PERFECT PRE or POST WORKOUT fuel. It even has champion tri-athlete Brendan Brazier's perfect workout fuel or recovery ratio: 3-4 grams of carbohydrates to 1 gram of protein for post recovery.
It's a perfect nutritional powerhouse, with protein from the soy milk, hemp seeds, & chia--potassium from the banana--polyphenols & antioxidants from the cocoa--and carbohydrates, fiber, & antioxidants from the dates--and, it's loaded with omega-3s from the chia & hemp. Oh baby. Plus, it tastes delicious!
Making the Power Pudding--It's as Easy as Pie
Easy Ingredients--Non-Dairy Milk, Chia, Hulled Hemp Seeds, Banana, Dates, Vanilla, & Cinnamon
Here's Sonya's recipe, with my modifications of espresso powder & soy milk:
"Chia seeds are one of the oldest cultivated plants known to man. They are loaded with antioxidants, essential fatty acids (3 and 6), vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Chia seeds maintain blood sugar levels as they slow our bodies conversion of carbohydrates into simple sugars. They are great for an athletic person as they can effectively replenish minerals lost in sweat.
Chia seeds can also help in weight loss as they swell up to 10 times their size, which prevents absorption of some calories we eat. Chia puddings are great for breakfast as they will provide you with ample energy throughout the day."
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Ingredients (makes 4 servings):
- 1½ cups EdenSoy Extra (it's fortified with calcium, B-12, & vitamin D, etc.) Or use the non-dairy milk of your choice. Sonya's recipe uses almond milk
- 1 organic banana
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or Penzey's non-Dutched cocoa (my fave), or any non-Dutched cocoa
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp instant espresso powder
- Place the chia seeds in a medium sized mixing bowl.
- Blend soy milk, banana, hemp seeds, cacao or cocoa, salt, dates, vanilla, espresso powder and cinnamon in a high speed blender.
- Blend on high until a chocolate shake consistency is achieved.
- Add wet ingredients to chia seeds and mix thoroughly.
- Let stand for at least 20 minutes while chia seeds swell and become gel like.
- Serve with a few goji berries as garnish.
- Pudding will last in refrigerator, covered for a few days.
Chia Chocolate Banana Power Breakfast Pudding
Serving Size: 1 serving
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The Workout I Don't Ever Want to Miss
The No-Frills Spin "Studio" at My Neighborhood Fitness Co-op
That's Me--Enjoying the 30 Minute Weight Work-Out after 30 Minutes of Spinning
My idea of a perfect workout:
- 30 minutes of spinning to get my heart rate thumping--in the company of a fun group of 20-somethings through 60-somethings (namely me--& my friend Janet whose almost 60)
- 30 minutes of non-stop complex weight-training moves that simultaneously use the upper body & lower body to keep the heart rate up. Think squats, lunges, push-ups, planks, abs, & working every possible upper body muscle group. Always different, with a mixture of light & heavy weights, bands, & even paper plates!
Did the Power Pudding keep me fueled?
Absolutely!! And I followed it up with some Green Smoothie & Chocolate Oatmeal with Berries when I got home. I've got energy to spare! And yes, I brushed my teeth right after that second breakfast!
What's your favorite pre or post workout meal?
What's your favorite work-out?