Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding
Chia Seed Chocolate Pudding Recipe
Who hasn't heard of the newest superfood, chia seeds? This chia seed chocolate pudding is a low-calorie snack that will squash the most vicious PMS craving and deliver plenty of calcium, magnesium, Omega-3s, Omega-6s, and fiber.
The chia seed chocolate pudding I threw together is:
¼ cup chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
1Tbsp Hershey's dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 packet Stevia
½ tsp vanilla extract
Agave nectar (I just drizzled it over the top of each serving)
Mix everything except the agave nectar together and let it stay in the refrigerator overnight. The chia seeds soak up some of the moisture from the milk and become gel-like. The texture of the pudding won't be as smooth as, say, Snack Pack pudding cups, but waiting until the next day to eat it will give you a much more palatable alternative to a mixture that's only been in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or an hour.
You could certainly play around with the different types of milk, using vanilla or coconut instead of chocolate almond milk. Stirring in some peanut butter or almond butter might even be worth a try for extra protein and a new flavor.
No dairy. No sugar. No guilt. You probably will experience a surge in your energy level though.
A Little More About Chia Seeds
Chia seeds come in black and white, though the jury's still out on which one's best for you. Most claims say that they're basically the same nutritionally, but the black chia seeds will provide more antioxidants. Either type can be on the pricy side, but ordering online or looking for them in bulk could help. I found mine at Whole Foods in a 15-oz bag for about $14. Since they have basically no taste or smell, you can add them to oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, yogurt, cookies, muffins, and more. Don't be afraid to buy a large bag if you think you'll be eating them frequently; they keep well when refrigerated.
Some runners mix chia seeds with water (coconut water would probably work well) because they can absorb many times their weight in water and prolong hydration and they increase endurance by slowing the rate at which your body will turn carbs into sugar. Many runners report an increase in energy and endurance as soon as they begin experimenting with chia seeds.
Chia seed pudding in any flavor can offer a more nutritious, lower calorie snack that provides you with way more energy than a candy bar could dream of—and you won't suffer a sugar crash. Pregnant and nursing women should consult with their doctors before cracking open a bag of chia seeds. There are few reported side effects that come with chia seeds, but you may wish to do your own research on side effects and medication interactions before consuming them.
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