Today I have a great guest post recipe for a delicious chia parfait from Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology! I am so impressed with her beautiful photographs and paleo recipes. Not only does she have tasty recipes on her blog, but she also has some excellent articles about living a healthy, simpler, stress-free life. Make sure you check her out on her website Downshiftology. Learn more about Lisa at the bottom of this post and continue reading her recipe below:
I’ll admit that I sometimes get a little parfait-envy on weekend brunches. My friends can always order these beautifully constructed parfaits, which are typically off-limits for me. Either because they’re not gluten-free or grain-free.
So I wanted to make something that was not only healthy and delicious…but beautiful!
And this chia + pomegranate + almond parfait does just that. For those that are new to the world of chia… yes, it’s the same chia as cha-cha-cha-chia pets. To be honest, I always wanted one of those when I was a kid – even as goofy as they are. Probably because I’m a bit goofy as well! But alas, I never did get one. *sad face*
So why is chia so good? It’s loaded with antioxidants and fiber. It’s also high in plant-based omega-3’s and full of nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. Lots of good stuff. Add the pomegranate which is touted as the most powerful antioxidant of all fruits (with immune supporting benefits)…and I’d say you have a darn good breakfast.
Now, I know we’re only in November…but doesn’t this just look like a perfect Christmas breakfast? I think so. And I LOVE how ridiculously easy it is to make.
Mix together the coconut milk and chia the night before and breakfast its virtually done. No dirty appliances needed. Which is great when you’ve got fun family chaos during the holidays. It’s the little things that keep you sane. 🙂
- Mix the coconut milk, chia, maple and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Stir or whisk until well combined. Cover and place into the refrigerator. (*This is best done overnight, but can be done during the day with a minimum 4-5 hours of refrigeration).
- Remove the chia mix from the refrigerator and dollop a few large spoonfuls between two glasses.
- Divide the slivered almonds on top, then some pomegranate seeds.
- Dollop the remainder of the chia mix in the glasses, followed by the rest of the pomegranate seeds.
- Serve immediately.
About Lisa Bryan of Downshiftology
Lisa Bryan is a writer, wellness warrior, explorer and motivator for vibrant living. She believes that wellness is a journey and simplicity is not boring. After being diagnosed with four autoimmune diseases in two years, Lisa became an impassioned advocate for health and lifestyle transformations. Realizing that stress, poor diet and lack of sleep were triggering disease on a grand scale, she left her former life as a biotech marketing executive to start Downshiftology. Today, Lisa inspires countless women to restart their lives, take action for positive change and make each day count. Connect with Lisa at www.downshiftology.com and Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
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