Yes, I know it’s Wednesday and today should be a recap of the new things I tried yesterday. However, today’s post is about YOU. Don’t you worry – I’ve still got a recipe of the week to share, but rather than talk about how I changed up my routine yesterday, I want to chat about new changes YOU can make to boost your energy, feel fabulous, and look positively stunning!
Whenever I start working with a new health coaching client, we begin with a little ‘state of the union’ discussion. We chat about their current eating habits, activity level, and lifestyle in general. After understanding what their unique goals are, I ask about the things that have prevented them from achieving these things in the past. Over the years, it seems these two roadblocks are some of the most common:
- “I’m always in a rush in the morning. I NEED my morning coffee, but sometimes if I’m in a rush to get out the door, I don’t have time for anything else.”
- “I get really tired at work/school in the afternoon, and the only way for me to perk up is to snack. But then I end up eating more and more and before I know it, the bag of trail mix/crackers/chips/ on my desk disappears!”
Let’s put a face to each of these descriptions, shall we?
Another common theme? Time – or lack thereof. No time to cook, no time to sit down to eat a meal, no time to break away from your desk because you’ve got deadlines to meet, people to see, kids to pick up, and places to be. (Ha – I totally didn’t mean for that to rhyme but that’s just the way it came out so let’s go with it.) I totally understand this, and one of my missions is to help make the task of fueling yourself with nutritious food easier.
This month, myself and a number of other bloggers are teaming up with Vega to encourage everyone to make #OneChange – even just a little one – to move towards a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re a classic breakfast skipper or a serial snacker, I’ve got a super easy, absolutely delicious recipe to help you out!
These Berry Banana Chia Parfaits make for a delicious portable breakfast or snack, but they’re also great for these reasons:
- The recipe can be fully prepared the night before if you’re worried about being tight for time in the morning, and lasts up to 3 days in the fridge (great for big-batch meal prep!)
- There’s no cooking required and it’s ready in just 20 minutes.
- The berries are packed full with antioxidants which are fabulous for helping to eliminate damage within our bodies.
- Chia seeds are the richest plant-based source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, making them a beauty food that does wonders for promoting healthy, glowing skin. Chia seeds also help to stabilize blood sugar (so you don’t get that mid-afternoon energy spike), absorb up to 12x their weight in liquid, and are packed with fiber.
- The recipe is gluten free, soy free, and totally vegan friendly.
- The chia gel contains VegaOne, a super nutrient-dense formula that punches up the nutrition value of anything you mix it with, whether that’s pancakes, smoothies, or the chia pudding in this parfait. 1 packet contains 50% of your daily recommended vitamins and minerals, 15g complete plant based protein, 6g fibre, as well as antioxidants, omega-3s, probiotics, and greens.
Ready for the recipe? Here you go!
Berry Banana Chia Parfait
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 packet French vanilla Vega One
- 1 packet stevia (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 sliced banana
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 2 tbsp slivered almonds
- In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for the chopped fruit and slivered almonds. Stir to combine and set the bowl in the fridge for 15 minutes (or overnight).
- The chia seeds will absorb the almond milk and create a thick mixture. Remove the bowl from the fridge and give it a good stir.
- In glasses, mason jars, or bowls, layer the chia seed mixture with strawberries, bananas, and blackberries.
- Top with slivered almonds and enjoy!
- Note: If you prefer to make these as on-the-go breakfasts or snacks, pack the layers into jars and seal with a lid. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Of course, you could toss in whatever fruit you have on hand, or even try making the pudding with chocolate-flavoured Vega One if you’re a chocoholic. Just like last week’s salad combos, have fun and make a different one for every day of the week!
So tell me…
What #OneChange (or perhaps you’ve got a few!) are you committed to making this year to live a healthier lifestyle?