- They're a huge source of omega-3's (even more than salmon!)
- Tons of fiber and protein, and low-cal! One tbsp packs 6 grams of fiber, 3 of protein, and just 70 calories!
- Anti-aging antioxidants (nice!)
- They curb sugar cravings
- Give you energy
- Boost metabolism and keep you full!
Amazing right?! So here's one of my favorite ways to fill up on these super healthy little seeds: Banana Chia Pudding. SO so good. When you put chia seeds in a liquid for about 4 hours (or just put them in the fridge overnight like I do), they turn into pudding! It's so fun to experiment with all different flavors of this healthy pudding! I was inspired to make this after eating the chia pudding at True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica, and ever since, I've been totally addicted! It's a perfect breakfast or a healthy dessert (depending on your topping choice). I like to make several jars on a Sunday night and just grab one out of the fridge throughout the week for a breakfast on the go or to satisfy my sweet tooth!
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
A few sprinkles of cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds
Combine all ingredients except chia seeds and blend together with a hand-blender or a regular blender until it is smoothie-consistency. Add chia seeds and blend one last time to evenly distribute the seeds. Pour mixture into two mason jars, seal, and pop in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Once you take the jars out, it should be thick and pudding-like!
Garnish with your favorite toppings! I like to add another sprinkle of cinnamon on top, some Trader Joe's roasted coconut chips (or shredded coconut), sliced bananas, and chocolate chips. Also a delicious addition: blueberries, blackberries, sliced almonds and pecans!
Enjoy! Have a sweeeeet Tuesday :)