I am always looking for quick, simple and easy make-ahead breakfasts and workout snacks that I can also take with me on the go. This very basic recipe for creamy chia pudding is just that: a large batch can be made the night before in seconds, popped into your fridge, and will last you through the entire week.
Chia is an incredible source for omega-3 fatty acids (which are crucial for brain health), calcium, fiber and protein. Chia is a great source of plant based protein, making it a great snack choice after an intense workout. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan which helps regulate appetite and improve mood. Chia pudding is not only delicious, but will leave you satisfied and full without the caloric bulk, sign me up! I like mixing berries, bananas, dried fruits and nuts into my pudding to mix up the flavor and to provide a heartier and more substantial meal. You’ll find some exciting add-in ideas below, but definitely feel free to experiment!
Basic Chia Pudding [makes 6 servings]
1 cup chia seeds
3 cups Almond Milk or any nondairy milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
In a medium bowl, combine chia seeds with almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to combine, cover and place in fridge for 30+ minutes until chia has congealed. Simple, simple!
Nutritional Information [per serving]
190 Calories, 17 g Carbohydrates, 9 g Fat, 8.5 g Protein
Add In Ideas [the possibilities are endless..]:
1/2 ounce raw almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts (+80 calories)
1 medium banana, sliced (+100 calories)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (+50 calories)
1 tablespoon almond or peanut butter (+100 calories)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (+100 calories)
1 cup mixed berries (+50 calories)