In my search for easy healthy meals, I came across Chia Seed Pudding. I just so happened to have a nearly full bottle of Chia Seeds in my cabinet since I put them in smoothies. After some research, I came to realize that it wasn’t actually that hard to make. Today, I’m going to share with you my own easy chia seed pudding recipe!
Why Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds don’t look like much. You can find them in or around the spices aisle of almost any grocery store so they’re not that hard to find. However, these simple seeds pack a lot of health benefits. Apparently, chia seeds pack about five times more calcium than milk, which is great if you have a milk intolerance or allergy! That’s just the beginning, too.
The list of nutrients in Chia Seeds is crazy. Fiber, Magnesium, and Protein are just a few of the more common nutrients found in them. They contain much needed vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, and they even contain Omega 3. They’re loaded with antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in the body (things that can contribute to cancer).
Chia Seeds support energy and stamina, which is great for supporting an active lifestyle. They also help lower blood sugar levels, aid digestion, and support healthy sleep. Because you don’t need a huge amount of chia seeds to attain all of their nutritious benefits, they also help support weight loss.
Chia Seed Pudding.
Adding chia seeds to your diet is super easy. The most common forms are either in a smoothie or a chia seed pudding, but those don’t have to be your only options! So far I’ve only tried those two options, but I’m only beginning my research into chia seeds and all the ways to eat them. I have found that I prefer having them in pudding form rather than adding them to a smoothie.
When I made my first serving of Chia Seed Pudding, I researched and compared quite a few recipes before I made my attempt. A lot of the authors said they preferred to make theirs the night before, but since I don’t eat first thing in the morning I figured I could make it soon after I woke up and it would be ready by the time I was actually ready to eat breakfast, about two hours later.
Turns out I missed an important step in the pudding making. I didn’t know I was supposed to whip it. All those recipes I read made it sound like you put the ingredients together, stirred them a little so that everything would mixed well, and then set it in the fridge for however long. Nope. Turns out you actually need to whisk it for a few minutes before putting it in the fridge. My breakfast ended up turning into an afternoon snack because of that little mishap. So if it’s your first time making chia seed pudding don’t forget to whisk it together first!
Easy Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
1 Cup Milk (your preference on dairy or non-dairy)
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Blueberries (or other fruit)
- In a bowl, mix together Chia Seeds, Milk, and Vanilla Extract
- Whisk together for 3-5 minutes
- Place covered in fridge for at least two hours
- Top or Mix in Blueberries (or other fruit) and enjoy!