By now, I’m guessing you have heard of the many health benefits chia seeds have to offer, right? Heart healthy fats, protein, calcium, fiber, and plus, they are very filling with a flavor that easily adapts to whatever you are serving it with. The texture, however, it is a bit unique. When mixed with liquids, the seeds form a gel-like layer around them – making them look a bit like caviar. Not exactly mouth-watering. But many people love them just the same, in fact I have several friends who pour chia seeds into their glass of water and drink them down plan and simple.
For me, I need a little something more. I tend to add chia seeds into my morning oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods, or better yet, I transform it into pudding.
See also: Chia Seeds: The Next Superfood?
As you may have noticed from my previous posts, I enjoy dessert. Though as a dietitian, I find the need to make them nutritious enough to be justified as a regular indulgence. Chia pudding is a prime example. This recipe is easy and healthy enough to pack for a quick grab-n-go breakfast, though you may want to add some fresh berries or pack a piece of fruit if this is the case. As I prefer to spend my time at home before work with our baby rather than packing my breakfast, I typically take the time to prepare several of these on Sunday night – a move that may help ease the morning chaos that has become oh-so common for far too many of us. I simply add the ingredients into pint sized Ball jars, give them a good shake or stir, and then place them in the refrigerator so that a nutritious meal will be ready for me when I am. I hope these recipes will help to bring breakfasts back into your own routine!
Vanilla or Chocolate Chia Pudding
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk or light chocolate soymilk)
2 tsp cinnamon or 2 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- Combine all of the ingredients, mixing well.
- Allow the mixture to gel for at least 15 minutes (or you can make it the night before and store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator until morning)
Peanut Butter Chia Pudding
¼ cup chia seeds
1 TBSP peanut butter
- Follow the same basic instructions as above.
- You may find that you need to break the peanut butter up a bit as it tends to want to stay in one giant piece, but I promise you, the effort is worth it.