4th of July - Chia Seed Pudding

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Celebrate this 4th of July with a healthy treat that the whole family will love!

Chia seed pudding is one of my favorite treats … yes, and even sometimes my favorite breakfast!

I love the thick pudding like consistency and the slight sweetness from the berries and almond milk … but the best part is that it’s healthy!!

Chia seed pudding is packed with protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids.

One ounce of chia seeds contains 4.7 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!

The base is fairly easy to make and can last for a few days in the fridge.

For this special 4th of July chia seed pudding, I am topping mine with blueberries and strawberries!

For an extra special treat you can top yours with fresh almond milk whipped topping!!

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or nut milk of your choice) (1 cup plain Greek yogurt) - optional

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, and the vanilla until just blended.

  2. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes.

  3. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  4. The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries and mix in the almonds.

Chia Seeds

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These tiny seeds pack a big punch!

Combat Diabetes

Chia seeds help to combat disease and are currently being studied as a natural treatment for type-2 diabetes. Due to the gelatinous coating, when combined with liquid, chia seeds are able to slow down digestion and prevent blood sugar spikes.

Fiber

A one-ounce serving of chia seeds has 11 grams of dietary fiber — approximately a third of the recommended daily intake for adults.

Omega-3’s

A one-ounce serving of chia seeds contains 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for brain health and are a potent anti-inflammatory. 

Stronger Teeth And Bones

One-ounce of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium, helping to maintain bone and oral health, and prevent osteoporosis.

Manganese 

One-ounce of chia seeds has 30% of your recommended daily intake for manganese. This mineral is essential for bone health and helps our body utilize other nutrients like biotin and thiamin. 

Phosphorus

One-ounce of chia seeds contains 27% of your recommended daily intake of phosphorus. Chia seeds help to maintain healthy bones and teeth.

Protein 

Chia seeds offer a great source of protein for vegetarians, and do not contain any cholesterol! A one-ounce serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10% of the daily value.

Fight Belly Fat

Chia seeds have a stabilizing effect on blood sugar. They help to fight insulin resistance, which is tied to an increase in belly fat. 

Get Full Faster

Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. Tryptophan is commonly known for that desire to take a nap after Thanksgiving dinner, but it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.

Improve Heart Health

The Cleveland Clinic reported that chia seeds have been proven to improve blood pressure in patients with diabetes, and help to lower your LDL cholesterol (bad) and increase your HDL cholesterol (good). 

 

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle. 

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe | Lean and Green Body Blog

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk (or nut milk of your choice) (1 cup plain Greek yogurt) - optional
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, and the vanilla until just blended.
  2. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes.
  3. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries and mix in the almonds. 
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe | Lean and Green Body Blog
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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.