I am an autistic woman with ADHD. Part of that is a hyperactive hummingbird brain that is super creative, great at pattern recognition, and excellent at solving seemingly complicated problems. But a another part of that is that I’m highly distractible, have executive functioning issues, and frequently forget “basic” things like when to eat.
The easier it is for me to eat, the more likely I am to actually do it before I’m so hungry that I don’t have the energy to do anything more than shove a bagel in my face.
I do tend to have more energy and focus in the evenings. So I take advantage of that by making my breakfast in the evening, before I go to bed, so that it’s easy to just grab it and eat it in the morning.
The goal is to make things both easy and nutritious. But also, it has to be something that I’ll eat. I’m not terribly picky, but I do have preferences. And if it takes a bunch of extra steps in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it, so jars that have to be cooked in the morning are pretty much a no-go for me. I don’t have a microwave, so quick reheats aren’t really a thing in my homestead.
My go to, which makes room for LOTS of variety, is chia pudding jars. These are quick, easy to make, yummy, and super nutritious. Basically, they meet all my goals.
I use pint ball jars with plastic lids. They’re the perfect size, and fairly easy cleanup, especially since I have a dishwasher.
In the jar goes yogurt, milk, sweetener, chia seeds, and whatever other additions I feel like making. Sometimes I’ll add a splash of vanilla. Most of the time, I also add a handful or so of frozen berries; by morning, they’re thawed and ready to eat. I’ve also used dried berries, which are great as well. They rehydrate overnight sitting in the jar.
Chia Pudding Breakfast In a Jar
- Pint Mason Jar
- ½ cup yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Pour yogurt, milk, sugar, and vanilla in jar.
- Add chia seeds.
- Cap and shake to mix.
- Add frozen fruit.
- Cap and put in fridge overnight.
- In the morning, shake it up and enjoy.