I recently had my second child and am beginning to plan my year of getting back into shape and achieving my best self. In preparation, I purchased Jessie’s Girls Home Edition program, and will be starting it once I get the ok from my doc in a month or so. Part of the program involves tracking your macronutrients (fat, protein, carbs), which can be tricky and definitely something to get used to. So I decided to start this now in order to get the hang of it by the time I begin the workout program. I calculated my macro allotment based on my current weight and limited physical activity, and adding an additional 500 calories towards carbs and fats to support breastfeeding. Once I start the workout program, I’ll recalculate my macros, as they will increase due to an increase in physical activity. What I like about this system is that you can eat whatever you want, as long as they fit within your macro allotment. I downloaded the app My Macros+ to my iPhone and am ready to go. I am now playing around with recipes that I can frequently access and incorporate into my lifestyle.
Below is one of these recipes. The Mr. and I love having chia puddings for breakfast, and I’ve tweaked my recipe by incorporating protein powder. It’s delicious and satisfying for breakfast! I make a big batch to last all week, for both the Mr. and I. It keeps very well in the fridge, just add your berries before serving.
Vanilla Berry Chia Pudding
Makes 10 servings
- 1 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup berries
Combine all ingredients except the berries, mix well. Let sit for 10 minutes and mix again. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, the pudding is ready to go! Just add your berries for the day.