Chia Seed Pudding
Not for everyday, but great for on the run, something different on the weekend and easy to adapt to your own tastes. Chia seeds contain 37% Dietary Fibre, 20% Omega 3 ALA and 20% Protein.1 The protein in chia contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a 'complete' protein and a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Omega-3 is a vital nutrient for brain function and high levels of both soluble and insoluble fibre can aid digestion, helping you to feel fuller for longer and can also help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. You can really work this recipe up once you get the basic pudding mixture to your liking.
I usually work on a 1:4 ratio of chia seed to liquid. I have used coconut milk, but you can try most liquids such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut water. Each will change the overall taste and you will need to learn to adjust the quantities, it can even vary between brands of cocnut milk.
1/4 cup chia seed
1 cup coconut milk
1 tspn maple syrup
1/2 tspn vanilla extract/powder
Mix all ingredients, making sure the chia seeds aren't all stuck together, a whisk is good to use. Cover and allow to soak for at least 1/2 hour, best left for longer such as overnight in the fridge.
This is now the fun part. Add whatever is taking your fancy right now. some suggestions:
dollop of natural yoghurt, berries, sprinkle of seeds
pureed mango with chopped nuts
mix cacao through with some maple syrup, berries and toasted coconut
The mixture can also be spooned into individual jars for a quick and healthy grab and go snack, to have after a workout, or even kids lunch boxes.
Also keep in fridge and add spoonfuls to smoothies for added protein and goodness.
The options are endless.
WARNING: beware of finding chia seeds stuck in your teeth, the little suckers swell dramatically, and you may find that people are often pointing out you have something in your teeth!!!!