Chia seeds are one of nature’s tiny treasures. The little black seeds provide huge health benefits and transform easily into an unbeatable breakfast. Chia seeds are full of Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, and calcium. The seeds come from a plant called Salvia hispanica that’s found in some deserts. It’s thought to be native to Central America and is related to mint.
Overnight Chia Pudding
Making a pudding recipe overnight that’s ready to grab and go in the morning is a big win on many levels. Prepping a pudding overnight will take the guesswork out of what to eat on your way out the door.
Additionally, instead of choking down raw seeds, prepping a pudding allows the seeds to absorb moisture and expand outside of your body instead of inside. When crunchy chia seeds hit moisture, they develop a gelatinous cover. Many people love the unique quality of these special little seeds and the way it can feel on the tongue.
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However, if you are prone to digestive problems, having them expand on your insides might aggravate your issues. Soaking them before consuming them will bulk them up before eating. You’ll consume less, yet feel full. Eat them in the morning, and you’ll easily stave-off the munchies until lunchtime.
The nice thing about Chia Pudding is that you can choose whatever type of milk you want to add to suit your needs. If you’re vegan, opt for a non-dairy option. You can also use any sweetener you like; maple syrup, honey, pomegranate molasses, etc..
Basic Chia Pudding Recipe
2 cups milk
½ cup Chia seeds
½ teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup sweetener
A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger
Whisk together milk, vanilla, and sweetener until smooth.
Whisk in Chia seeds.
Pour into a glass container and refrigerate. Stir after 20 minutes. Then let rest in the fridge overnight (minimum 4 hours).
In the morning try it as-is, or top it with your favorite fruit. Check out Wellness Mama for more variations.