This recipe here is a basic keto, paleo, and dairy-free almond milk chia pudding. You can use this recipe as a base and build your own with your favorite ingredients. I like to mix it up all the time and experiment with different flavors.
It’s a perfect breakfast when you are traveling and trying to stay healthy. All you need is a few minutes to mix it the night before, and you will have a fantastic healthy treat.
Road Trip Food Struggle & Eating Healthy
If you have known me for a while, then you might see that I’m obsessed with chia puddings. Whenever I go on a road trip or hiking, then this chia pudding is always my go to breakfast. Since on a road trip it’s still harder to stay healthy, then over the years I have developed some health hacks that will help me to keep on track.
For me, it’s not all about my weight goal. Instead, it’s how I feel. I know my body already a little bit better. I can be sure, that when I would order breakfast from a fast food restaurant on a road trip, then I would have a stomach ache and I would feel sick. That’s why it’s all about food prep. I don’t care if someone else will order food from a fast food restaurant. Everyone will make their own choices.
My Road Trip Food Solution & Hiking Food
When I’m on a road trip, then all I need is a general store where I can get some chia seeds and nut milk. Why don’t I go out for breakfast while traveling? Sometimes I do. However, it’s always not that easy. If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I recently came back from Scotland.
When you are hiking in the middle of the Highlands, then it’s apparently not easy to find some healthy cafe. Instead, you will find some fish and chips or a burger. Same with my previous road trips in the USA or Australia. When I’m in the desert, then I’m on my own with my healthy food obsession. Luckily, my boyfriend is already used with my habits, and we can laugh about my food addictions.
Why I love chia pudding?
All the great fats will help to improve my skin. It’s full of antioxidants and helps to prevent skin aging. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats. I honestly believe that I can maintain my body weight only because I eat loads of healthy fats (Actually, when I look at my macros, then I consume about 100-140 g of fat every day). Calories from carbs vs. fats aren’t the same.
Digestive health: Take care of my gut
I boost my metabolism with fats (read more about fats here). When I include healthy fats in my meals, then I will rather lose weight, not gain weight.
It’s full of fiber that will help me with my digestive system. I will also feel fuller for longer, and it will work as a prebiotic that supports the growth of probiotics in the gut. That’s one of the reasons I choose chia seeds for the road trip. Since I do have to sit a lot in the car, then this kind of pudding will help me with my gut health.
Energy boost: Sugar Craving + Sugar Crash?
All the good fats in chia seeds will help me with my energy boost. The best part is that they will control your sugar cravings and because of that, I will get the long-lasting energy to compare to the usual carbohydrates energy. I know that some of you might think differently.
However, I believe that my body thrives better on fats rather than carbs. My mind is clear, and I wouldn’t have any sugar crashes. The problem with the usual sugar energy is that I will have the energy only for about a few hours and after that, I will have a crazy appetite and cravings. After that, it’s just a sugar crash. However, the energy from fats gives me long-lasting energy. When I go hiking or play tennis for many hours, then I eat loads of fats.
Almond milk Chia Pudding with Berries (Keto & Paleo Travel Breakfast)
Serve for 1
Preparation: 3 minutes
Ready: 2 h 3 minutes
- Basic Chia Pudding with Coconut Milk: 244,1 kcal, Protein: 6,9 g, Net Carbs: 9,7 g, Fat: 14,5 g
- Basic Chia Pudding with Almond Milk: 224,4 kcal, Protein: 7,6 g, Net Carbs: 3,6 g, Fat: 14,8 g
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (when you are on a keto diet, then choose almond milk because it has fewer carbs)
- 1/4 cup (40 g) chia seeds
- pinch of pink Himalayan salt
- Optional sweeteners if you have a sweet tooth: 1 tsp honey, maple syrup or another sweetener (when you are on a keto diet, then leave it out)
- ¼ cup seasonal frozen or fresh berries (such as raspberries, blueberries, black or red currants), nut butter or other seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Mix chia seeds with nut milk and salt. Add some sweetener when you prefer sweet pudding (I have been trying to cut down my sugars. Usually I don’t add any sweetener at all. Berries will give enough sweet taste.)
- Soak overnight or at least 2 hours. Mix well before serving.
- Serve the pudding with your favorite berries, nut butter or seeds. You can smash the berries if you like it that way. Enjoy!