As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently with a few smoothie bowl posts! I’ve been trying to balance eating out at restaurants often and coming up with delicious recipes for you all at home while trying not to over-indulge. It’s definitely been a struggle but it’s also been pushing me to find ways to eat healthy without losing flavor or energy.
Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids—great for the heart and lowering cholesterol—protein, and fiber. Not to mention that chia seed pudding fills you up quickly because of the expansion of the seeds (similar to rice). They also will give you energy which is great for the morning!
I like to sprinkle them on top of my smoothie bowls (like this, or this, or even this one!), but soaking them overnight also makes them easier to digest and, therefore, makes the nutrients more easily accessible to your body.
Alright, health lesson over… onto the fun part!
Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon agave
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons chia seeds
- Optional toppings:
- Fresh blueberries
- 1 kiwi peeled and sliced
In a mason jar or tupperware mix the almond milk, agave and vanilla extract. Then add in the chia seeds and give that a mix. Put the lid on your container and leave for at least 2 hours in the fridge or overnight.
Once the chia seeds have expanded, give it a nice stir and then you can top with any fruit you’d like. I took a small mason jar and added a layer of blueberries, then took a few slices of the kiwi and placed them around the jar and filled in the middle with the pudding and then again topped with more blueberries and the remaining kiwi. This is mostly for presentation purposes so if you’re not trying to impress anyone then just throw it all in a bowl and enjoy!