Chocolate Chia Pudding

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzY7qQFij_M

Found: Fit Chicks

Makes 4 servings

Yes, this may resemble brown Dijon mustard, but you’ll be won over by the taste. Used by the Aztecs as a superfood, ch-ch-ch-chia seeds are a fantastic addition to one’s diet. Why? One tablespoon contains:

  • 1.6 grams protein
  • 1.8 grams omega-3 fatty acids [in the plant form ALA (alpha-linolenic acid)] and unlike flax seeds there is no need to grind them as to gain access to the omega-3’s
  • 3.8 grams fibre (adult females require 25 grams daily, males 38 grams)
  • 63 mg calcium
  • …and all for only 49 calories

The most nutrient dense of seeds, chia reminds me of poppy seeds when dry. Add liquid and they swell up to 10 times their original size, making them the perfect solution for making pudding. The swelling is due to its soluble fibre content, shown to decrease appetite and potentially help aid in blood sugar control, weight loss, and decrease one’s risk of heart disease. The jury’s still out, but based on these guy’s nutrient profile they’re all stars.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut sugar OR honey
  • Toppings: nuts, fruit, oatmeal

How to:

  1. In a jar, mix milk, powder, and sugar. Add in chia seeds and shake well. If the chia seeds remain in clumps then the final outcome of your pudding will be clumpy and watery. Break up those clumps! Make sure that all seeds that made their way onto the jar’s sides are scraped down into the mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 15 minutes (I like to do mine overnight).
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