Monday, August 20, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-chia (Refrigerator Puddings)

So have you heard the news?  Ch-ch-ch-chia seeds are one of the new superfoods!!  I’m always up for trying something new, and this little seed is said to be packed full of nutrients.   Known for aiding in digestion & weight loss, and providing fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants, and protien, this little seed packs a big punch!!
Dr. Oz has some great information on this website if you’d like to read about all of the benefits this little seed has to offer:  Chia Seeds.  I made my husband and I two different versions of a chia seed over night breakfast pudding.  We love breakfast foods and I like something light and fresh to start my day.  This recipe is great because you can personalize it and change it up to fit your tastes while still reaping the same benefits.

Here’s the base of the recipe that I used:
1/4 cup of greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
1/4 cup of coconut milk (or regular milk, almond, or soy milk)
2 Tbs of Chia seeds
honey or stevia to taste for sweetener
To the base you could add any topping you would like!  I added mangos and a tsp of almond extract to mine..  To Jared’s, I added about 2 Tbs of cocoa powder and bananas.  I would have added a little more cocoa to his because he likes it really chocolaty.  Any kind of fresh fruit or dry fruit combination or something like maple syrup and cinnamon & raisins would work; the options are endless.  
Just combine everything in a jar or container with a lid and shake or stir the night before you plan to eat it.  The chia seeds will absorb the milk and yogurt over night and expand.  The texture is awesome!  They should stay good for up to 3-4 days in the fridge unless you use bananas which tend to go bad faster.  
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe!  What combinations would you use?

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