I’ve never been a “sweet” breakfast type of chick. But, recently I have been loving this chia pudding. I had a chia pudding a few weeks ago at my Aunt’s place and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. So, I decided to cook up my own simple, yet delicious recipe. It is easy, uses only a few ingredients and very satisfying.
This chia pudding trend began a few years ago, and I know I’m a little late to the game. But, I’ve always been a savory kinda girl when it comes to breakfast. However, that may be changing because I have been enjoying having smoothies and oatmeal for breakfast as of late (I am so proper right now). Now, after making this recipe, I am definitely adding more refreshing or “sweet” meals to my breakfast menu.
One thing I love about chia pudding is how incredibly simple it is to put together. You don’t need heat (just make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature). You don’t need lots of ingredients. And, it comes together in little to no time. If you aren’t familiar with chia seeds, here are a few wonderful benefits you may be missing out on.
Benefits of Chia Seeds:
- Chia seeds provide a huge amount of nutritional value with only a few calories. While 1 ounce of chia seeds only contains 137 calories, it is packed with calcium, protein and 11 grams of fiber which is great for your digestive health. Just about all of the crabs in chia seeds are fiber. 1 ounce of chia seeds contains 12 grams of carbs and 11 of those grams are fiber! Which means, the true carbohydrate content is only 1 gram. Which is awesome for those who practice a low-carb lifestyle.
- Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants that fight the production of free radicals which can contribute to aging and certain diseases. In learning more about supplements and which ones I want to incorporate into my lifestyle, I have learned that antioxidant supplements are not as effective as foods that contain a large number of antioxidants. So, chia seeds are the perfect addition to my life and anyone who wants and needs more antioxidants in their diet.
- Chia seeds are high in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. They actually contain more Omega03s than salmon! But, it is also important to get other sources of Omega-3s in your diet because the Omega-3s in chia seeds are mostly Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA). Our bodies are not great at converting ALA into DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which is the most important Omega-3 fatty acid.
- Chia seeds can treat and even reverse diabetes. Studies have shown that chia seeds can significantly lower blood pressure. And, because they are high in fiber, they can help reduce blood sugar spikes after meals.
VANILLA CHIA PUDDING
VEGAN II GLUTEN-FREE
So now that you know all the health benefits of chia seeds, let’s jump into this delicious recipe. Chia seeds are super versatile and act as a blank canvas. They have no flavor, so it will take up the flavors of whatever you add to them. You can certainly change up the flavors and add cashew or almond butter, cocoa powder, turmeric, and many other ingredients to amp up the flavor. But, I like my chia pudding simple an to the point, so we are sticking with a basic but delicious base.
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VANILLA CHIA PUDDING
- fresh strawberries
- hemp seeds
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Before you begin, let all the ingredients sit at room temperature or at least 30-40 minutes.
- Now, add all the ingredients to a mason jar (except for the toppings), close and shake well to combine. Let it sit on the countertop for 5 minutes, then shake again and transfer the mason jars to the fridge. Let it chill for 1-2 hours. You can also chill it overnight for better results.
- When it’s ready to serve, finish with fresh strawberries and hemp seeds.