I once suggested a patient include chia in the foods she eats and she replied, “I don’t want to eat what birdseed! Chia seeds should not be dismissed as “just for the birds.” Here’s why:
Protein: 4 grams
Fat: 9 grams (half are omega 3)
Calcium: 18% of the RDA
Manganese: 30% of the RDA
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA
Your Recipe - Chia Pudding
Try this chia seed pudding recipe for a healthy, sweet breakfast or treat from the Wellness Mama.
What is Chia Pudding?
Chia seed pudding is a simple and delicious way to easily get the benefits of chia seeds. It takes minutes to make and has enough protein and nutrients to be a quick, on-the-go breakfast option.
This chia pudding could be put in reused baby food jars, small mason jars or even squeeze pouches to be included for school lunches.
Personally, I love this with some chopped soaked nuts, fresh fruit or even chocolate shavings for breakfast or a delicious low-sugar dessert.
Delicious and healthy chia seed pudding packed with protein, Omega-3, antioxidants and calcium that you can make in under 5 minutes. Basic recipe here, but see variations above.
How to Make Chia Seed Pudding
For Blended/Smooth Version: Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes until completely smooth.
For Whole Chia Seed Version: Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a blender until smooth (including any added flavors, fruits or chocolate). Whisk in chia seeds.
Pour mixture into a jar or glass container and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight to let gel. Stir or whisk a few times within the first hour to help it gel evenly. I prefer to make this at night to have ready for a fast breakfast the next day. It is also great to make in the morning for a delicious pre-made dessert at night.
Liz Weinandy, M.P.H., R.D.
Besides being a member of the 614Fitness community, Liz is a Registered Dietitian and staff dietitian at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. She has published numerous articles on diet and appears often on local television.