Chia Seed Pudding — Smart In The Kitchen


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Last week was BUSY! I’m getting back in the groove after attending The Southern C in Sea Island, Georgia. My head is spinning and I’m not quite sure where to start with my catch-up process. But one thing I know that would help me out is quick on-the-go breakfasts. When you need something fast, chia seed pudding is the way to go. You can batch them ahead of time when you have more time on a weekend afternoon. They are healthy, effortless, protein-packed snacks or breakfasts made with the perfect ratio of chia seeds, plain almond milk, and your sweetener of choice.

Is chia seed pudding good for you?

Yes! It’s full of Omega-3s, packed with fiber and protein and helps keep you full and satisfied throughout the morning. When you make it yourself, you can control the amount of sweetener. I prefer my homemade almond milk when making this, but you can use unsweetened store-bought almond milk, coconut milk or regular milk.

What is the difference between white and black chia seeds?

One question I get asked is, “What is the difference between black and white chia?” The simple answer is nothing. The outer shell of chia seeds is the only difference between black and white chia. Both seeds share the same neutral taste and most importantly, the same nutritional profile. I most often see black chia seeds in our grocery stores, but as long as your seeds are black or white, you can be sure you’re getting the most nutrient-rich dose of Omega-3, dietary fiber and protein.

How to change up this recipe:

  • Add a layer of berry compote or low-sugar jam on the bottom of the container before pouring in the chia mixture.
  • Use small glass jars with lids so you can throw them in a bag and hit the road!
  • Add a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter on top of the chia seed pudding either before or after it chills.
  • Use 1/4 cup of gluten-free old-fashioned oats and 1/4 cup chia seeds instead of 1/2 cup of all chia seeds.
  • Top with your favorite fruit, nuts or granola.
  • Add a little unsweetened cocoa powder to the liquid mixture for chocolate chia seed pudding and top with banana slices and nut butter.

Looking for more breakfast recipes?

Almond, Chia and Cherry Muffins

Protein Waffles

Green Garden Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Smoothies

Strawberry Protein Smoothie

No matter the season, this strawberry protein smoothie will keep you full and satiated.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time0 minutes

Course: Breakfast, Breakfast or Snack

Keyword: breakfast, healthy breakfast, protein smoothie, smoothie

Servings: 1

Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop protein powder plain or vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 to 1 cup strawberries frozen or fresh
  • 1/4 cup spinach leaves frozen or fresh
  • 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower riced or florets
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop ice

Notes

+ I use 365 Brand Whey Grassfed Vanilla Protein Powder (I prefer the plain version in the same brand, but sometimes it’s difficult to find).
 
+ If using fresh spinach leaves, be sure to pack them down. More is more. But you can use any leafy greens here, kale leaves are great, too!
 
+ I prefer to use water for my liquid, but you can also use plain unsweetened almond milk.
 
+ If you want to keep this dairy-free, omit the Greek yogurt or use coconut or almond milk yogurt.
 
+ Instead of chia seeds, you also add hemp seeds for an Omega-3 heart-healthy component.
 
+ If you like a sweeter smoothie, add more strawberries or half a banana.
 
+ Sometimes I add frozen coconut because I think it tastes good! Whatever floats your boat!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 609mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 937IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 344mg | Iron: 4mg



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