Vanilla Maple Chia Seed Pudding

Vegan, Gluten Free, Fiber Rich, and Yummy? Is it POSSIBLE?

 Yes it is!  With this Chia Seed Pudding!

vanilla maple chia-pudding

 

Why Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are a plant-based COMPLETE protein. They are also the RICHEST plant source of omega 3 Fatty Acids. And, did you know that by weight, they even have more omega 3′s than salmon?

If you eat chia seeds with a meal or in your smoothie, they ‘can’ help balance your blood sugar.

Their unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber (1 oz contains 11 grams of fiber, 42% of the RDA) combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars along with their high protein content.

Fiber also helps to balance your blood sugar level and give you steady energy levels.

They are also high in calcium and by weight, they have MORE calcium than whole milk. They also contain magnesium and boron which help your body to absorb the calcium.

Oh, and what about antioxidants?  YES!  Chia seeds are like blueberries, but are much more versatile in terms of cooking and baking with them. In addition to MANY nutritional advantages, chia seeds may also aid in weight loss due to the high fiber and protein content.

The reason is that chia seeds have a high fiber content and absorb water up to 50 times their weight, expanding in your stomach giving you the feeling of being full for hours all while eating less.

The Recipe:  Vanilla Maple Chia Seed Pudding

Here is what you need:

  • 1/3 cup CHIA SEEDS
  • 1 1/2 cup UNSWEETENED almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Add all ingredients into a jar (mason jar is great), and then SHAKE, SHAKE SHAKE it!   Chill overnight, and it’s ready to eat the next day.  Feel free to add fruit (examples: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, etc).  It is SO GOOD!

Enjoy!

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