These little tiny seeds are one of the best superfoods. Completely full of antioxidants, they contain more calcium than milk, more omega-3 fatty acid than salmon, which helps to increase HDL, the good cholesterol that protects us from heart attacks. What surprised me most is that Chia seeds are 20% protein. Lastly the seeds are high in fiber (37%) which helps us feel full longer and helps promote weight loss. A glass of our chia seed breakfast pudding and strawberry smoothie can help boost your digestive system to the max.
In terms of texture, they are a little unusual. You might need to get used to them a bit. Before consuming you’ll need to soak them in water, or any liquid, for at least 30 minutes (overnight is better!). When you see them swell up into a fluffy jelly texture, you’ll know they’re ready. You can have Chia pudding by itself without the smoothie as well, just add in some plant milk and leave them to fluff up. Because Chia seeds themselves don’t have much taste, adding a bit of natural sweetener and some aroma can vamp up the flavor by miles. Most people will eat the pudding with fresh or dried fruits.
The reason I love chia seed breakfast pudding and strawberry smoothie so much is that perfect sweet and tangy combination of flavors that can satisfy my sweet tooth as well as being healthy. You really don’t have to sacrifice the flavor when you want to be healthy at all. I also love to top it with granola for extra crunch. There are many other recipes made from Chia seeds that I want to share with you guys. For now please enjoy and hope you all have another happy healthy meal.
P.S. You can eat Chia seeds raw by sprinkling them on top of food, but it’s better to soak them first to release the enzyme inhibitor and not take away the water from your body during the day. The daily recommendation Chia seed consumption is no more than 2 tablespoons due to the high fiber content.
Chia Pudding and Strawberry Smoothie
Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding with Strawberry Smoothie
5 – 10 minutes
5 – 10 minutes
15 – 20 minutes
2 Portions 2 glasses of 300 ml.
For Chia seed breakfast pudding
2 tbsp. Chia seeds
1 cup Plant milk (approx)
1 tbsp Agave nectar or any liquid sweetener
½ tsp. Vanilla extract
For Strawberry smoothie
2 Frozen bananas
8-10 Small frozen strawberries
½ cup Walnut milk (or any plant milk)
1 tsp. Maca powder (optional)
1 tbsp. Agave nectar (or any liquid sweetener)
Quarter cup of water
Fresh strawberry or other fruits
Granola of your choice
For Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
- Add chia and all ingredients in a bowl or any container with lid
- Stir to combine
- Leave them in fridge and leave overnight – or at least 30 minutes before consuming.
For the strawberry smoothie
- Add all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Add Chia pudding in the glass then follow with strawberry smoothie.
- Top with granola, fruits or any toppings you like.
- Recommended to prepare your chia pudding before you go to bed, so your breakfast will be ready for you in the morning.