If you read my last blog post you'll have read that chia seeds happen to be one of those amazing superfoods. Superfoods go beyond basic nutrition and pack a powerhouse of nutrients,minerals,and benefits (this is more than protein/carb/fats , people!). Just what are those properties though ? Well where do i even start ! The most notable property of chia seeds are their FIBER content. Fiber is one of those things that most people have a hard time getting enough of , thats what make these little seeds so wonderful. They can be added easily to any daily routine by just adding a few tbsp to a beverage , a yogurt, oatmeal, or making a delicious chia pudding. They pack 11g of fiber per 1 ounce serving ... that's no joke .. and this is why i listed it as a superfood for digestion. It's also valuable for it's fat content ... chia seeds are the most plentiful source of omega-3 fatty acids known in the plant world .. YEP (but that doesn't mean you can go skipping out on the fish/eggs). Alongside it's beneficial fiber and fat content , it's got a good amount of protein too! Beyond all that .. it's rich in manganese,phosphorous, copper, selenium, iron and magnesium .. all of which are essential to our body's processes.
There are many chia pudding recipes out there but mine happens to be my favorite. It's thicker, tangier, creamier, and has a richer flavor than your standard recipe and it goes amazingly well with any topping ! It can be kept in the fridge for up to a week and still taste good as new. There are so many possibilities with this simple base.. lets get to it !
3 tbsp white or black chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tbsp yogurt (i used lavva plantbased vanilla)
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla bean powder (or a little vanilla extract)
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar (preferably) or a container and shake well for 30 seconds. Let is sit in the fridge for 3 hours to set and shake it one more time in between. Serve with your favorite toppings !
Toppings suggestions --> fresh berries, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, dried fruit , granola, nut butter or layered with fruit compote
Alternative suggestions --> you can add cacao powder to the mixture to make it a chocolate chia pudding
xoxo Mindful Gourmet