Chia seeds/Pumpkin Chia pudding

Chia seeds are everywhere now and have so many amazing health benefits.  Until a year ago, I only associated chia seeds with Chia Pets.  Now I include them in my diet daily.  The seed contains one of the highest plant forms of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and are a complete source of carbohydrate, protein, fat, and fiber. Chia seeds have so many benefits including:

~they have been known to help reduce blood pressure

~stabilize blood sugar

~can give you energy

~anti-imflammatory properties

~weight loss

~detoxification

When added to liquid, they form a gel. The seeds can soak up to 9 times their weight in water.  You can either make a gel to add to recipes or water or use them as is since they are easily digested.

I add a TBSP to a big glass of water and fresh lemon squeezed into it. I add it to my yogurt, my smoothies, cereal, my overnight oats,or sprinkled on stir-fry.  No matter how I eat it, I aim for 1 TBSP a day.

I love desserts. When you try to eat a clean healthy diet, desserts often don’t fit into it. I was craving pumpkin pie so I made a pumpkin chia pudding.  I really enjoyed it.

Pumpkin chia Pudding with Honey Noosa topping

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/4 cup canned pumkin

1 TBSP honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice


Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Cover and refridgerate for at least 3 hours.  Top it with a TBSP or two of honey Noosa yogurt and sprinkle with walnuts and a few dried cranberries.  Should keep for a few days in your refridgerator.

 

Overnight Oats and Berrys with Chia seeds


You will often find these overnight oats or a variation of them in my refridgerator.  They are easy, tasty, nutritious, and keep you full for along time.

I like to layer them in mason jars and make a couple at a time.  You can try different berries or pumpkin instead of the blueberries.

1/4 cup of dry quick oats

1/2 TBSP of Chia seeds

1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/4 sliced banana

1/2 cup blueberries

cinnamon to taste

optional sweetener if you need it or want it.  I leave it out.

Layer in a mason jar and refridgerate overnight.  Shake and open and enjoy. I top mine with walnuts but granola or any nut would work if you like crunch.

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