This little chia seed is packed with high fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids! The raspberries are an extra boost in fiber and one of the highest amount of fiber in berries!
I’ve been hooked on this since I started making this a few months ago. I eat it several times a week. It’s a great breakfast because all you need to do is open your fridge – and – wah la – it’s ready! It also keeps you satisfied for a long period and it makes you feel like you are eating something luxurious due to how creamy it is! It doesn’t seem like it is healthy!
Chia seeds benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles, and more.
One cup of chia seed pudding has 16.9 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein (not including the cashew milk that it’s made with) and 14.8 grams of healthy fat!! This one cup is literally half of your recommended fiber intake for the day and we know how hard it is to get a lot of fiber in your diet. It’s a win win for weight loss as well as lowering your risk for heart disease and diabetes!! Fiber slows the rate the sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream!
It’s loaded with ALL 8 essential amino acids, a host of trace minerals and micronutrients ~ manganese, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, copper & potassium! It has the highest amount of omega 3 of any plant source. And while the best source for omega 3s is oily fish due to EPA and DHEA – a recent study found (Appalachian State University) that when female subjects tested took 25 grams of milled chia seeds over a 7 week period their EPA plasma increased not just ALA. This is awesome for vegans and vegetarians that need to get their omega 3s from plant sources. I always put chia in my smoothies but I just love the pudding!!
Fiber is a very important part of our diet especially for weight loss and something that is often overlooked. This one is packed with all the essentials – fiber, protein & fat and a little carbohydrates.
You can find chia seeds at your local supermarket or health food store. However, if you have a local Costco by you they sell a huge bag of organic chia seeds for under $7.00. Can’t beat it!
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
- 1/2 cup 8 tbs - chia seeds
- 2 cups cashew milk (I love Elmhurst Milked Cashews - so good!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbs honey
- 6-8 raspberries
Put ingredients in a container with cover and mix together thoroughly with a whisk. It's not completely necessary but I find it comes out better if you stir it half way or after an hour or so of settling. Sometimes I will just shake the glass container!
Let it sit in the fridge overnight (or at least several hours) and place a handful of raspberries on top when serving. Enjoy!!
You can also make this with coconut milk if you are allergic to nuts. Use half canned coconut milk and half carton (mixed well before other ingredients are put in)