Chia Seed Pudding with Guava + Strawberry Compote

Today, I'm sharing two of my favorite recipes for a more seamless, delicious morning breakfast. Guavas are in season right now here in South Florida, so I've combined them with strawberries to create a sweet + wholesome end-of-summer compote.

For those of you outside of the sunshine state, let me introduce you to the magic that is guava.The flavor is a combination of pear and strawberry and it's also like, really pretty (this stuff matters). Guava is a low-glycemic fruit, making it ideal for those looking to lose weight, balance hormones, and regulate blood sugar. Packed with detoxifying fiber and metabolism-regulating minerals, guava does an amazing job at nourishing and supporting the digestive system. It also has heaps of immune-boosting and beautifying vitamin c to keep you glowing inside and out. The growing season lasts until about October down here and then picks back up in early spring - your best bet for sourcing it is at an exotic fruit market or Whole Foods. 


The second half of this recipes highlights one of my favorite 'superfoods' that are as nutrient-rich as they are trendy: cha-cha-cha-chia seeds! These little miracle workers are packed with good-for-you healthy fats, protein, fiber, and a variety of minerals including calcium, manganese, and phosphorous. Chia seeds are super unique in that when soaked in liquid, they actually expand to hold 10x their weight. When ingested in this state, you can expect better hydration (each little seed is full of water at this point), a feeling of satiety or "fullness", and increased soluble fiber intake (read: improved digestion + elimination). 

For this reason, I've been known to carry chia seeds with me and sprinkle that sh** everywhere. It's a really easy way to up the nutritional value of a meal or snack. More formally, one of my favorite ways to enjoy chia is in chis seed pudding. I'll make a big batch Sunday night for easy grab-and-go breakfasts and midday snacks all week long. 

Once you get past the consistency (I know, I know) it's actually really delish. I'll have it topped with fresh fruit, alone with just a touch of honey and a little cinnamon, or (my new fav) topped with a scoop of guava + strawberry compote. 

Below, I've included the individual recipes for the guava compote +  chia seed pudding, along with assembly instructions if you want to combine the two (highly recommended). 


GUAVA + STRAWBERRY COMPOTE

Makes about 1.5 cups


CHIA SEED PUDDING

Makes about 4 servings


TO ASSEMBLE:

Spoon the chia seed pudding into bowls, then top generously with the guava strawberry compote. Optional: Top with additional fresh fruit (I used pomegranate) and coconut flakes.