Happy, Healthy Kitchen – Overnight Chia Pudding
A few months ago, I wrote about the benefits of chia seeds. Did you know chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet? They contain 12 grams of carbohydrates per ounce, which is pretty high, but 11 of these grams are fiber. This makes chia seeds a low-carb-friendly food and one of the best sources of fiber in the world. Because of chia seeds high fiber content they can absorb up to 11–12 times their weight in water, turning gel-like and expanding in your stomach. Some studies have shown that chia seeds can help reduce appetite. With this little powerhouse of nutrient composition, it makes sense that chia seeds could be a useful part of your weight loss program. I started making overnight chia pudding as a tasty and easy way to add more chia seeds to my food plan. I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make the night before. In fact, I make a couple of puddings at a time. Its the perfect, quick grab and go healthy breakfast or snack.
In a mason jar, pour in 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any other plant based milk of your choice). Mix in 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a sweetener of your choice. (I have tried it with both stevia and maple syrup). After you stir really well for a couple minutes to get out all the clumps, add 3/4 cup of your favorite frozen (or fresh) berries on top. My favorites are raspberries or mixed berries. Put lid on jar and place in fridge overnight. Before you eat it, simply stir in the berries. If you don’t want to wait, I am sure putting it in the fridge for about 3 hours or so would be long enough for it to thicken up.
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