Think of this overnight gluten free, paleo and keto chia pudding as an ideal way to kickstart your day: a true nutritional powerhouse, plus a meal prepping dream!
Chia seeds are awesome. They contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants.
One of my favourite ways to consume chia is in a ‘pudding’ that I prepare the night before.
I don’t have a recipe but follow these parameters and you too can become a chia pudding superstar!
At least two hours before you want to eat it follow these steps:
1) Start with your chia. I add 2 tbsp of chia seeds per person with at least three times as much liquid of choice. I usually just put water but you can use a mylk of choice such as almond or coconut.
2) Now for the flavour. I usually add a splash of vanilla or almond extract plus a dash of cinnamon depending on what else I’m going to put in it.
3) Choose your sweet. I always add some kind of fruit and find that to be enough. If you want it sweeter add some Stevia or a splash of maple syrup.
4) Add your extras. If you need protein add some Greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder. Looking to up your antioxidants? Add a tsp of matcha tea or some raw cocoa powder!
Here are some of my favourite flavour combinations!
- Strawberries + Greek yogurt + vanilla extract
- Cherries + Toasted Almonds + almond extract
- Banana + Peanut butter + cocoa powder
- Raspberries + Coconut chunks + vanilla extract
- Apple chunks + Greek yogurt + walnuts + cinnamon
You either love or hate the texture but for your bowels, chia seeds are all about love. So if you don’t love the texture try blending them or at least give them another try. Your body will thank you!
Chia pudding for the win!