[VIDEO]: So berry strawberry

I love strawberries because they're packed with flavor and sweetness. I can pop them in my mouth as is, or whip up a quick dessert and voila, don't need to add much to it in order to get that sweetness. It also helps that they have a low glycemic index, which helps me keep my blood sugar in check, ultimately helping my body stay balanced so that I can show up in this world as the best me!

Check out this week's episode of #MichellesMondayMinute for more deets on strawberries -- why they're good for you and how to pair them for optimal amazingness. Create your own strawberry chia pudding with my recipe below for a sweet summer take on this delish breakfast, snack, or dessert. Mmm, mmm, MMM!

Strawberry Chia Pudding
Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:
1 13 oz. can full fat coconut milk (or 1.5 c. unsweetened almond milk)
1.5 c. fresh hulled strawberries, plus more for garnish
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. lemon zest

3/4 c. chia seeds
1/4 c. coconut flakes
1/4 c. cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. Mix coconut milk, strawberries, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and lemon zest in blender or food processor until fully incorporated.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl, and whisk in chia seeds. Continue whisking to break up clumps until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight (option to portion into individual containers/jars).
  4. Before eating, garnish with sprinkle of coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and a freshly sliced strawberry. 

Note: If you don't like the consistency of the chewy seeds, try blending the chia seeds in the blender along with all the other ingredients. The seeds will continue to expand and create a pudding texture, but the blender blade will bust through the seeds' hard outer layers so your teeth don't have to.

Other topping ideas:
Fresh mint or basil leaves
Sliced banana
Chocolate chips
Lemon zest
Chopped nuts