Have you ever tried chia seeds and wondered what you are doing wrong? What’s all the fuss about? They can be really bitty and not great if you do not know how to properly make a chia pudding. A popular healthy breakfast, it’s great for when you’re meal prepping. Here is how you can make it easily.
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are really nutritious and pretty cheap too. Tesco sells 150g of chia seeds for £1.50 which sounds pricy but when you only need a couple of tablespoon chia seeds a time it is actually good value. One packet can last quite a while.
When they get wet, chia seeds swell and soften making them into a great pudding such as this. Chia seeds are also often used to thicken sauces as they absorb so much liquid. Also used as a vegan substitute for eggs, they are very versatile. For those that are gluten-free they can even be used in place of breadcrumbs to coat foods like chicken.
How healthy are chia seeds?
Chia seeds are high in fibre with 2 tbsp (the amount in this recipe) being equivalent to one-third of your daily recommended intake! This chia seed pudding recipe only has 137 calories so it is great for weight loss plans.
High in protein, chia seeds are a great alternative source of protein for those with meat-free diets. Not only that but protein foods are great for encouraging you to eat less as they fill you up!
There are also claims that chia seeds can help lower your risk of heart disease! Other research indicates they can reduce blood sugar levels which is pretty good too.
Other chia seed puddings
This chocolate chia pudding recipe can easily be adapted to a strawberry and vanilla pudding using vanilla essence and strawberry yoghurt, milk or almond milk and chia seeds. You could even top with fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries.
This coconut and almond chia pudding recipe also sounds great.
Have a think about what flavours you enjoy and see how you can incorporate them into a chia pudding. I think mango and passionfruit would go well too.
Are chia seeds good on diets?
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan this is a great recipe to try. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
Other healthy breakfasts you might like
If you are looking for easy healthy breakfast ideas then I have a whole post of them here. Other similarly easy breakfasts include overnight oats and baked oats. There are so many ways to use oats, why not have a read and see what will inspire you.
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Mix ingredients together with a spoon and refrigerate the chia seeds for at least 2 hours or leave in the fridge overnight, if you have time. It should be gelatinous and have a pudding texture.
Once ready, stir and serve. Top with yoghurt, nuts, or chopped fruits and it’s ready to eat!
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