This Strawberry Chia Seed Protein Pudding uses yogurt, milk and collagen peptides for added health benefits for skin, joint, and gut health. Dairy-free friendly!
You know what’s really great?
Connecting with so many like-minded people in one place. Especially those in the healthy living and fitness realm. To me, nothing is more inspiring than being surrounded by those who want to make a difference in the overall well-being of others.
The energy at BlogFest and IDEA World was incredible. It was my first time attending a conference like that and it reaffirmed why I started doing what I’m doing <— that being sharing healthy recipes with you all and inspiring an active lifestyle.
Our BlogFest keynote speaker was Jenna Wolfe. I always enjoyed watching her on the Today Show, but seeing her speak in person made me fall in love all over again. She was down to earth, funny, relatable, and seriously inspiring. We were all laughing (and possibly crying) throughout the speech. Seriously though I was holding back tears.
Some takeaways from Jenna Wolfe
life is not a dress rehearsal
Life is not waiting for us to go through the all of the steps. We don’t get rehearsals before the big show. This IS the big show. Your life RIGHT NOW, is the show.
If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
Sounds pretty obvious, right?
Do something every day that scares you
This one may be a bit more challenging. It may require to you make a list of things you WANT to do, and then take note of the things that you keep putting off because they seem out of reach, or “scary”. I certainly could make use of this right now.
Listen to YOU
With all of the podcasts, blog posts, articles, etc. etc. available to us day in and day out, it’s easy to get caught up with what we “should” be doing. Some people say less is more, while others say you have to do it all.
Hustle hustle hustle.
Wait… slow down.
But what about listening to yourself? Don’t YOU know what’s best for YOU? Maybe you’re listening to podcasts and reading self-help books to try and figure it out… But don’t forget to look within and see if you can answer some of your own questions.
You may not know where you’re going
And that is okay! Embrace it. Jenna was super honest and real about leaving the Today show to start her own career. The fact that even she, as someone who is super successful, still doesn’t know exactly where she is going, can be comforting to all of us “normal” folk. The truth is none us truly KNOW where we’re going. The only thing we can do is to live each day as purposeful as possible in hopes of getting to where we WANT to go. Where we PLAN to go. Again, if you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done.
So what’s on today’s blog food menu? Chia seed protein pudding, featuring Vital Proteins.
Vital Proteins was also one of the BlogFest sponsors. It was neat to connect face-to-face with a brand I’ve been in partnership with over the past few months. Again, nothing beats face-to-face and connecting with real life PEOPLE in the blogging community.
What you need
favorite yogurt (dairy-free, greek, regular will all work)
favorite non-dairy milk
It’s funny… I used to make chia seed pudding ALL of the time as a snack. Especially as a mid-morning snack at the office. Somehow it got away from me. But when I was thinking up some ways to sneak some collagen into daily snacks, chia seed pudding made perfect sense.
It’s super easy and really requires such little prep. All you have to do is mix up all of the ingredients and let the mixture thicken for about 4-6 hours (or overnight). Then you have a healthy, satisfying snack all ready to go!
- 2/3 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 scoops collagen peptides
- 1/4 cup favorite yogurt* (regular, greek, dairy-free)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
- In a 16oz jar, combine milk and peptides first until peptides dissolve**. Then stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover with lid and shake until well combined. Stir together one more time and top with more strawberries if you wish, before placing lid back on and storing in fridge. Allow mixture to thicken at least 4 hours, or overnight.
*I used a lightly sweetened vanilla skyr yogurt. If using unsweetened yogurt and/or milk, you may want to add a hint of sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or stevia.
**Make sure peptides and milk are combined first before adding the rest of the ingredients to ensure there are no clumps.
Store leftovers in fridge and use within 1-3 days.
Oh! If you’re unfamiliar with collagen and what it can do for your health, be sure to check out this post where I go over the basics!
- Are you good at listening to yourself, or do you seek the help and advice from outside sources and then get all confused? <— me sometimes but working on getting better.
P.S. For blogging/fitness friends wondering, I likely will not be doing a full recap of BlogFest, but rather sharing tidbits and takeaways throughout upcoming posts. To any of you wanting to learn more about the conference, please feel free to reach out! fitmittenkitchen(at)gmail(dot)com 🙂