Yes, it’s true – I’m obsessed with chia seeds.
For the past week or so, the obsession has been on overdrive. Breakfast everyday was in the form of chia pudding.
And ya know, I loved every moment. It ranks as a recent food obsession.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the chia seed, yes it is actually the edible seed off the well known plant, the “Chia Pet.”
When you soak chia seeds, the seed actually swells up and takes in all the moisture to produce this gel-like consistency – which makes it perfect as a base for a healthier “pudding.” Many people are actually thrown off by the texture at first because it is quite different from your traditional puddings but I personally love it.Not only do I love its odd texture but I love how filling it is. Which is not surprising, since the combination of protein ad fiber helps add to the satiety factor [great news for me, since my stomach literally wants food every 2-3 hours. Like the actual “my stomach is growling loudly in the middle of a quiet lecture hall” kind of hunger. Yeah, I’m that girl. Don’t be too envious].
Serving Size – 1 tbsp
Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 5 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
–> 2 tbsp oat bran (adds texture and volume)
–> 1 tbsp protein powder
–> 10 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
–> stevia and extracts to taste (my favorites are lemon, maple, and vanilla – though coconut extract is good one too!)
The base is so simple and easily adjustable to each person’s liking. I love adding different fruits, superfoods, granola and nut butters in to mix and match my cravings each time. The base recipe alone packs in over 10 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. Overall, it’s a beautiful balance of good nutrients that will keep you energized and satisfied for hours!So, here’s my dedication posts to one of my favorite breakfasts, snacks, and all around good “I can eat this anytime I want and still feel really good about myself foods” – the chia pudding!