So, I’ve taken the plunge into green territory. Tropical Green Smoothie, anyone?
And I’ve already been putting flax into everything I can get away with. Especially chocolate cake: The Omega-3 of all Chocolate Cakes.
There’s a reason chia seeds are becoming all the rage. It’s a little super seed with powerhouse nutrition. And it’s so easy to incorporate into the kitchen. Take this Chia Seed Pudding…
I was floored when I saw that 1 TB has 6-8 grams of fiber, 3-4 grams of protein, and lots of Omega-3’s. Just ONE little tablespoon?! I’ll take it.
Rather than eating dry chia seeds, I went for a bit of fun. I let the seeds “bloom” in the pudding mixture, which is somewhat reminiscent of a tapioca pudding. The seeds grow chewier and softer as they sit in the pudding base.
We used strawberry Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries for a strawberry treat. This Chia Seed Pudding is so flexible, you can easily adapt it towards whatever fruit fix you’d like.
The Littles immediately spotted the chia seed pudding resting in the fridge, and I had to remind them that it wouldn’t be “ready” until tomorrow.
I realize it’s incredibly hard to wait, but these super seeds do need to rest a bit in order for the pudding to thicken up.
Once I gave the green light, it took approx. 30 seconds for the boys to devour their big bowls of chia seed pudding. Then it was a chorus of more, please.
I’m definitely going to keep a bag of chia seeds in my pantry as a staple item from now on.
Whipping up all sorts of fruity variations for chia seed pudding is one of my goals for the rest of summer. We’re hitting the berry farm soon, and my mind is already swirling with ideas.
Here’s to a summer full of treats that are totally guilt-free and satisfying just like this berry smoothie bowl!
Not that I’m giving up cookies. Balance 🙂
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Chia Seed Pudding
- In a bowl, combine the almond milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, and pinch of kosher salt. Whisk gently until incorporated. Whisk in the chia seeds, and let stand for 30 min. Gently stir to redistribute the seeds. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to serve, gently fold in half of the strawberries into the pudding. Use the rest of the strawberries and almonds for garnish.
- Note: Make it nut-free by omitting the almonds.
Nutrition (per serving)
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
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