I love chia seeds for all of their amazing benefits and versatility in recipe making! One of the easiest and most tasty ways to get in chia seeds is through chia pudding. This has been my go-to recently for breakfast or a snack and I’m totally obsessed with how it makes me feel.
Chia seed pudding is totally simple, as you will see in the recipe below, and utilizes the gelling aspect of chia seeds to create a light but filling snack or meal that is great for your digestive tract. The gelling property of chia seeds is great because it allows these tiny seeds to go from 1 tbsp of food to more than a cup! Plus, this means lots of hydration in the seeds and a huge benefit to your gut. When the seed is gelled it sweeps along the colon, giving you a mild detox (by ridding your body of excess toxins) and lots of electrolytes and hydration. Chia seeds also contain a lot of fiber, 11 grams in just 2 tbsp, which is another reason they are fabulous for your gut!
Chia seeds are also great for inflammation, specifically for helping to balance your omega 3 to 6 ratio since they are high in omega-3 fatty acids (the fatty acids responsible for reducing inflammation). Not only that but they contain protein and carbohydrates, making them a blood-sugar balancing food. But enough enough, you can read more about the benefits of chia seeds here…lets get onto the recipe!
I like to make my chia pudding super simple and then spice it up, but I’m going to give lots of options for you to make this your own!
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 cups water (sub for almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use this for extra protein and flavor)
- ½ cup berries
- sweetener (honey, maple syrup, stevia)
- flax seeds
- sunflower seeds
- other fruits
- Place 2 tbsp of chia seeds in a jar with 2 cups of water.
- Let set overnight.
- Now it's time to add in your favorite ingredients!
- I add in a scoop of protein powder and chopped frozen strawberries.
- Then, I top it with flax seeds and sunflower seeds.
- If you want this warm, heat it up in the morning in a pot on the stove.
As you can see, this recipe is so easy and quick to throw together, so I love having it prepped for an easy breakfast in the morning!