From Our Health Coaches’ Kitchen: Chia Seed Pudding
It’s no surprise that chia pudding is trending. It’s easy to make and easy to take to the office for an on-the-go breakfast. If you enjoy chia seed pudding for the taste, you’ll be happy to know that it’s also a brain health powerhouse thanks to its main ingredient, chia seeds.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to benefit both brain and heart health. When eaten raw, chia seeds are crunchy, like what you’d expect when eating a seed. Soaked in liquid, chia seeds take on a softer, gel-like texture and become a great base for a healthy pudding. Here’s a basic chia seed pudding recipe that you can customize with toppings based on your preferences. This make-ahead breakfast saves you time in the morning while also powering your brain until your lunch break!
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ to ⅔ cup milk of choice (depending on desired thickness)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey, if desired
- Toppings of choice (such as chopped nuts, nut butter, berries, dried fruit, coconut flakes or dark chocolate chips)
- In a bowl or mason jar, mix together chia seeds, milk and sweetener. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Add toppings of your choice before serving.
Recipe created by WCS Health Coaches.