Chia Seed Pudding

 

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We hear loads and loads about chia seeds. They’re always in the “healthy & organic” section of the supermarket. Is their place on the shelf righteously earned?

The truth is there are benefits of using chia seeds. For starters, 1 tablespoon contains 3.5 grams of fiber, which is excellent for your digestive health. Also, these seeds are packed with an Omega-3 fat called ALA, which is essential – that means, our body can’t make it, and we need to get it from our diet! ALA has been linked to better bone health, as well as possible modest protection against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as published in a review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this year.

These little ones do come with a price, though – they’re calorific! 1 tablespoon contains about 50 calories. It doesn’t sound too terrible, but if you sprinkle them on your meals very generously, the calories sure do add up. My advice is, don’t deprive yourself of their goodness, and measure how much you are adding.

Because they’re rather tasteless, they complement pretty much anything that needs a little bit of crunch. Another great thing about these seeds is that they absorb moisture when soaked, forming a jelly-like consistency, which is perfect for puddings! The reason I prefer these puddings to supermarket ready fruit yogurts is that I can control how much  sugar I’m adding, as well as boost the fiber content. Also, the texture of the soaked seeds is awesome.

My absolute favorite thing to do with chia seeds is to incorporate them into my breakfast. High in fiber, and energy-filled, they make a lovely start to the day. This recipe is completely basic, and certainly open to changes. I love to switch it up and use coconut milk or almond milk. It goes nicely with peaches and cinnamon, too. Dress it up with desiccated coconut if you’re into that like me! Try it out, and put your own spin on it.

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Chia Seed Pudding

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes + refrigerate overnight

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ cup yogurt

¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon slivered raw almonds

Berries to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl (or jar), mix chia seeds, yogurt, milk, honey, and vanilla extract.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, top it off with the almonds and berries (or whatever your heart desires!)

 

 

Energy: 214 Calories

Carbohydrates: 22 grams

Protein: 8.7 grams

Fat: 9.6 grams

Fiber: 5.1 grams

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