Does all the hype around chia seeds bring you back to the early 90's with the "ch-ch-ch-CHIA!" commercials and the little clay animals sprouting hair? Yes me too, and what's weird is that those same seeds that were used on Chia-Pets back in the day are the exact seeds that I'm about to rave to you about. Who woulda known that those teeny tiny seeds are major nutrition powerhouses!? So here's skinny on chia seeds:
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 :)
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.