Chia pudding is my favorite thing to eat for breakfast when I feel like eating something a bit sweet, it keeps me full for a long time, it works as a snack and even dessert, too!
Chia seeds are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and Omega-3s. They are also high in protein and calcium. In other words - super good for you!
Chia seeds are teeny tiny black seeds that were a big part of the Mayan culture’s diet. They pack so many nutrients into one tiny little seed! The word Chia is actually the Mayan word for “strength”, and now they are considered a ‘superfood’ because of their incredible health benefits!
Here are 5 Reasons you should add more Chia seeds into your diet!
1.) Chia seeds are high in fiber. When prepared in water or milk, they sprout and expand, this extra water weight helps to support digestion.
2.) Chia seeds are high in Omega-3s. They are an excellent vegan option to source this essential fatty acid.
3.) Chia seeds are good for your bones. They contain magnesium, calcium, protein and many other vital nutrients necessary to maintain optimal bone health.
4.) Chia seeds are high in antioxidants and help your body to fight free radicals.
5.) Chia seeds can be used as a replacement for eggs in vegan cooking and baking! Simply mix 1 tbs. with 3 tbs. water, stir, let sit until it becomes thick, and replace the egg in whatever recipe you are working with!
There are so many ways to prepare Chia seeds, you can add them to a smoothie, sprinkle them over a salad or vegetables, put them in your water bottle with a little slice of lemon for added fiber and hydration, or try my favorite way to prepare them - in a Chia pudding!
If you want to make it as a dessert, simply add a little extra maple syrup to make it sweeter. A couple of teaspoons of cacao and you have the healthiest chocolate pudding ever! You can basically flavor it with whatever you like; coconut, berries, nut butter, mint, cinnamon, fruit? The sky is the limit!
Recipe for Yoga Girl's Chia Pudding:
2/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups almond milk (I used hemp milk and it was delicious, any kind of milk works, oat, coconut, hazelnut etc.)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
a pinch of sea salt
1 tbsp maple syrup (for a sweeter pudding, but you can leave out the sweetener if you’re planning to top with fruit or coconut)
Stir everything together and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then give it one last stir or shake to break everything up, cover and let it set in the fridge for 20 mins to 1 hour. The chia pudding should thicken as it sits, if not, add more chia seeds and stir. You can also leave it overnight for a delicious breakfast in the morning! Chia pudding typically lasts 5-7 days in the fridge, so make a big batch and enjoy it throughout your week!
Vegan Cardamom Banana Cake from The Yoga Girl® Kitchen
Cardamom is an amazing spice to use in baking to add a sweet, spicy depth and flavor to your dish. The subtle benefits of spices are often overlooked in western cooking, however in Ayurvedic cuisine, spices are the heart of the dish! Ayurveda recommends eating something sweet BEFORE a meal, in order to support your digestion. We don’t need another reason to eat cake, but here we are eating dessert before dinner. Thank you, Ayurveda!
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