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Chia Seed Pudding

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Okay so I have been dying to post about one of my favorite “super foods”…. chia seeds {cha-cha-cha-chia!}  And I have found one of my favorite recipes that incorporates chia seeds.

When I first heard about chia seeds, I couldn’t believe people would eat them.  All I could think about were the chia seed pets that were on infomercials.  Little did I know how beneficial those tiny little seeds are to our health!

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Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium.  Chia seeds are unprocessed, whole-grains that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds).  They can absorb water up to 20 times their weight!

Its very easy to add these tiny seeds into your daily diet without even noticing {they have a neutral nutty flavor}.  A lot of times you can sprinkle them on salads, cereals, yogurt, sandwiches, or you can put them in your smoothies.  You can also mix them with water and make them into a gel.  If your diet does not contain a lot of fiber and protein currently, I would suggest by starting out with smaller amounts of the seeds when you put them in your foods.  If you consume too much without allowing your body to become familiar with it, then you can experience bloating and diarrhea.

Benefits of chia seeds:

  • Great source of omega-3 fatty acids – a crucial fatty acid that many of us do not get enough of in our diets.  Click here to read about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • They expand in your stomach, allowing you to feel more full and therefore eat less.
  • It is an excellent source of fiber.  One ounce of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber.

Here is one of my favorite chia seed recipes:  Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups milk {you can use milk, coconut milk, almond milk, etc}
  2. 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey {you can also substitute a few drops of stevia or other sweetener}
  3. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon almond extract {optional – see my tips below}
  6. 1/3 cup chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Whisk milk, maple syrup, chocolate and extract until smooth. Then stir in the chia seeds. Divide the pudding evenly between four glasses.
  2. You can allow the pudding to sit at room temperature for 2 hours and then serve {providing a less gelatinous pudding for those who don’t love slimy textures}. You can also tightly cover the pudding and let it chill in the refrigerator {providing a more gelatinous pudding}.
  3. It is best if you eat the pudding within 24 hours.
Notes
  1. To make a vanilla chia seed pudding recipe, omit the cocoa powder.
  2. I also recommend to NOT use the almond extract, I did not love the taste and thought it could have been better without.
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I hope everyone had a wonderful week and if you try the chia seed pudding let me know what you think! 🙂 

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10 Comments

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    September 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Cody! Losing a pet really is like losing your best friend. I’m glad you have such sweet pictures of your time together.

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      Marisa
      September 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Stacie!

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    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    September 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Oh no, sorry to hear that 🙁

    I do love chia seed pudding. It is so comforting, but so healthy too.

    • Reply
      Marisa
      September 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Dannii! And completely agreed about the pudding!

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    Jessie
    September 24, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about Cody! My depeest thoughts and prayers go out to your family. It’s never easy losing a pet as they truly do become part of the family.

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      Marisa
      September 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Jessie, that means a lot!

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    Emma @em-poweredwellness
    September 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Aw I’m sorry to hear about Cody, losing a pet is always so rough 🙁

    I love putting chia seeds in my smoothies and overnight oats, too!

    • Reply
      Marisa
      September 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Emma! And I have yet to try overnight oats but it’s definitely on my list of things to try!

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