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During the school year, it’s all too easy to let your eating habits slip. To help fight this, the Fulcrum has some essential recipes to keep you full and fit all year long.

Even on a student’s schedule, there’s no excuse for not eating a nutritious breakfast with this easy make-ahead meal. Eating a sweet, protein-packed chia pudding will keep you full and energized through those early classes and long study sessions.

While the price of a bag of chia seeds may at first seem daunting, it can go a long way in terms of health benefits and value. You can use them in smoothies, on top of yogurt or cereal, and on salads. All of the ingredients together should cost around $15, luckily you’ll get plenty of use out of each one.

This recipe makes one large serving or two smaller servings, and will keep fresh in the fridge for several days.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (soy or regular milk works too)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Vanilla extract (optional)

Seasonal fruit

Step 1: Combine almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup/honey, and a splash of vanilla extract in a re-sealable container. Stir well to combine.

Step 2: Store in the fridge overnight, or for several hours.

Step 3: Stir again before serving, and top with fresh fruit.

Enjoy!