Are you looking for an easy, grab-and-go breakfast option? Try chia pudding! I recently started making chia pudding and I’m so excited to share my recipe with you!
If you’re not familiar with chia seeds, let me just give you a little background on this tiny, black nugget of goodness. Fun fact: Did you know that the word chia is the Mayan word for “strength”? These little seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
What Is In Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, fat, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and other vitamins! The best part, they are low calorie! What I love is that they are naturally gluten-free, almost always organic, and are a whole-grain food.
In addition to their nutritional qualities, they are a great antioxidant. Chia seeds can help fight off the production of free radicals in your body. A true health food.
The fiber found in chia seeds helps digestion and can feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. In fact, chia seeds are 40% fiber by weight making them a terrific source of fiber for your diet.
If you follow a plant based lifestyle or if you’re looking for a way to increase your plant foods, chia is a great option because it has high quality protein. Since I eat mostly plant proteins, chia is a great choice for me to incorporate into my daily nutrition.
Another huge benefit of chia seed is their Omega 3 fatty acid content. Fun fact: chia has more omega 3s, gram for gram, than salmon! The only drawback is that chia seed doesn’t easily convert to DHA in our bodies, which does occur if you’re eating an animal source of omega 3. It’s pretty easy to find a DHA supplement if you’re strictly plant based though.
So, now that you know how nutritionally rich chia seeds are, let’s talk about how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle! I have been using chia seeds in my smoothies for years, but recently, I started making chia pudding. Let’s get into it!
Chia Seed Pudding
To make this easy, grab-and-go breakfast (or snack), you will need the following ingredients: organic black chia seed, plant based milk, maple syrup (or honey), vanilla extract, and toppings of your choice.
3/4 cup plant milk (I use almond milk)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp chia seeds
Optional toppings: fresh fruit, coconut flakes, nuts, granola, carob nibs
In a sealable jar or cup, pour 3/4 cup plant milk first.
Next, add your maple sugar and vanilla extract. Stir gently.
Finally, add your chia seeds. Stir to combine. Chia seeds will settle to the bottom.
Stir one more time thoroughly, seal the jar, and then place in refrigerator.
Allow 3-4 hours to chill in refrigerator (I make mine and leave it overnight to eat the next morning). This allows the chia to absorb the liquid and become a gelatinous texture.
When you’re ready to eat it, stir completely and then add any toppings you prefer. ENJOY!
I hope you enjoy this little gem of a treat! Start your day off with a #SensitiveSoulApproved choice that will be gentle on your body but deliver healthy benefits!
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