Why You Need To Try Chia Pudding – Recipes and Benefits

Recently I’ve embarked on a new (yet again) fitness journey. That being said, I decided to come out the gates strong and make it almost impossible for me to slip up and order a poutine (or something extra greasy), so I prepared meals for the week ahead of time. My main focus is to keep my calorie count low, between 1200 and 1400 calories per day, while filling my body up with the necessary nutrients it needs to function properly and not feel bogged down.

For the past year or so, while scrolling on pinterest I’ve been seeing chia pudding ideas but up until about a week or go (que the music) I hadn’t personally tried it. I was genuinely shocked at how delicious and easy it was to make and upon looking up the benefits of chia itself, I was amazed at how nutrient packed the little seeds actually are. Below are the benefits of chia seeds followed by various recipes and directions for how to make chia pudding at home. Bon Appétit!

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Health Profile:

A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains :

  • Fiber: 11 grams.
  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
  • Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
  • Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
  • They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

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Benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • Chia seeds contain more fatty acids than any other known plant
  • More antioxidants than blueberries
  • 2x more potassium than a banana
  • 15x more magnesium than broccoli
  • 3x more iron than spinach
  • 6x more calcium than milk
  • They Absorb up to 10x their weight in water which helps stay hydrated longer
  • They transport minerals around the body, which can help reduce stress, build strong bones, and regulate the heartbeat

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Recipes:

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Coconut Chia Pudding (one serving/250ml)

  • One cup of coconut milk
  • 3 tbs whole chia seeds
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Top with shredded coconut or fruits of choice

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Chocolate Chia Pudding

  • One cup chocolate soy milk
  • 3 tbs whole chia seeds
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Top with shredded dark chocolate or fruits of choice

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Vanilla Chia Pudding

  • One cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tbs whole chia seeds
  • Mix thoroughly
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Top with fruits of choice

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** All recipes contain 1 cup of NON-DAIRY milk (almond, soy, coconut) and 3 tbs of WHOLE chia seeds and are interchangeable to taste. When I prepared it for meal prep, I used 3 cups of non-dairy milk and 9 tbs of chia seeds to account for 3 breakfast meals, all other directions are the same. **

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