Chipp’s secret to a breakfast that lasts

by Chipp Allard

When you teach and practice physical movement, you need a breakfast that is going to sustain you for hours, not something that is going to leave you hungry again right away.  Smoothies, juices, shakes, protein bars–you name it, I have tried it. I spent years experimenting with different forms of my morning meal, only to find myself still searching. I didn’t want something too heavy, that would slow me down; and I can’t be hungry, because then I am weak, tired and grumpy- not the right mood to be in while teaching yoga!

About a year ago I discovered chia pudding, a make-it-yourself morning feast of seeds, nuts, nut butter, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and slow digesting chia seeds. Chia seeds contain calcium, omega 3, fiber and iron, as well as having 5 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons- that’s a lot! They are magical little seeds that form their own thick, pudding-like consistency when mixed with liquid. It took some trial and error, but I have finally perfected my recipe and I am excited to share it with you!


This breakfast really showed its value this last month when I was on the road. In the past, while traveling, I have always relied on bars, or just scrounged for anything I could get my hands on. I have even resorted to eating the hotel breakfast (yuck) that never fails to leave me feeling terrible. On this last trip, I packed enough chia puddings for each morning I was away and it was a whole new world. I had my meal ready to go each morning and I didn’t have to worry about where my energy was going to come from for my adventures that day! 

Start with a small bowl or jar. Add:
3 Tablespoons of chia seeds
A pinch of salt
½ cup of almond milk
Stir it up good!
Top with:
1 ( big) tablespoon of nut butter
Handful of blueberries, I use frozen
1 Tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
1 Tablespoon of honey
1 Tablespoon of dried  cranberries
1 Tablespoon of almonds, any sort

Put a lid on and let it sit in the fridge overnight or at least an hour. In the morning, give it a stir and your belly will love you!

See you in class!

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