Banana + Chocolate + Chia

Even though morning comes quickly, my days are full, work is busy, and my commute sucks, I try real hard to make time during the work week for things I enjoy.  This isn’t always easy and takes planning.  Sometimes it’s big things, like dinner with the girls and sometimes, it’s the little things like watching a TV show with the BOY.  Exercise is also a big priority!  Although recently I’ve only been getting in 4x week.  My Thursdays used to be an easy day to get in an AM workout, but since I made some schedule changes, this has become harder.  I was venting about this to some friends at work when one of them said that it’s tough but sometimes you just have to get up before 6am.

 

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What?  Yea Right!  Okay, actually she was right!  And when she mentioned Wednesday night that she would be hitting the indoor track EARLY on Thursday, I said I’d be there.  I began pulling out my workout clothes and packing my gym bag shortly after walking in the door.  And then moved on to the next day’s EATS.

 

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My recent favorite has been this Chia and Flax Breakfast Bowl.  It is seriously the best and leaves tons of room for creativity!  Megan made this amazing Chocolate Chia Protein Bowl, and I loved the idea of adding some chocolate, so I did!  I stirred in some cacao powder (who doesn’t love chocolate and banana?) Wednesday night and added a light sprinkle of granola Thursday morning before hitting the road.

 

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The track is near our office, so I snacked on a few bites of breakfast before my run, saving the rest for afterwards.  It was a gorgeous morning that would have been perfect for an outdoor winter run!  But I was happy to find my friend and motivator already running laps around the indoor track.

 

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We kept a nice pace and it was fun to have company for my early morning run!  It was exactly what my sore legs needed after Tuesday’s speed intervals.  I was only sad that we had to cut it short to get ready for work.  I would have much preferred an hour at Starbucks first!  But then again, who wouldn’t?!

 

 

Banana Chocolate Chia Breakfast Bowl with Flax

 

Ingredients

1 banana

1-2 tbsp flax

2 tbsp chia

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla

Dash of cinnamon

1 cup almond milk

Toppings

 

Directions

Mash your banana well.  Stir in the flax, chia, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk until well combined.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, top with berries, granola, nut butters, etc.

10 thoughts on “Banana + Chocolate + Chia

    • Me too! It makes my morning commute so much better!
      So I haven’t tried it yet but my suggestion instead of banana would be to try pumpkin or mashed sweet potato or butternut squash. You may need to add something to sweeten it up. The other option is to increase your flax and chia and decrease your milk to keep it a thick consistency and not put in banana. Let me know what you try and how it goes. Off for a morning run!

    • Wow! I don’t think I could do it. I sometimes don’t get home until 8pm from work and I would totally crash on the drive home. I give you huge props!

      I am hoping for warmer weather and no rain this weekend. Welcome spring!!!

  1. I’m with you. Finding balance is tough during the busy weeks, but fitting in things that I love is important and keeps me sane. Work is important, too, but I work to LIVE not live to work 🙂 Working out before sunrise gets easier and easier the more you do it – and, it’s a great way to start the day! As is that chia breakfast bowl! YUM… it looks amazing!

    Happy weekend!

    • So glad to hear that it will get better! And with the time change, hopefully I will be seeing more early morning sunshine. An awesome breakfast definitely helps get me moving too. This one is a keeper : )

  2. One of the best things about the early morning workout is having your workout done for the day. You don’t have to fit it in on your lunch hour or after work. I used to swim early mornings, but my new gym doesn’t have a pool.

    • That stinks! I don’t swim often but do love having access to a pool. I was definitely having a tough time getting my after work workouts in (mostly because I was getting home at 8pm) so the early AM workouts are a must these days!

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