There are so many super foods being hyped these days. Chia seeds are often on that list, and deservedly so. I am not one to quickly hop on a bandwagon for ingredients we MUST be using, but if I’m honest, chia seeds are so tasty, we are just lucky they are also super good for you. Chia seeds offer a ton of nutrients, just have a look:
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s, yay!)
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2
If you haven’t tried them yet, they also offer an interesting texture to whatever you mix them with. When soaked in liquid, they create a gel texture that is smooth and creamy (think tapioca pudding). Magic & tasty!
I have a major sweet tooth and I like to chow some protein right before bed so my body has some food while I’m sleeping. These chia pudding recipes are perfect for my late night snack, but would also be a great breakfast or anytime snack! I like to sneak some protein powder into my recipe, which pumps the protein up even higher (chia seed, Greek yogurt AND protein powder….look out muscles!) Here is my recipe for high protein chia pudding, which is more of a method than a specific recipe. Try out your favorite flavors and add ins to come up with your favorite recipe!
High Protein Chia Seed Pudding
Yield: 2 servings
- ½ cup plain nonfat Greek Yogurt
- ½ cup milk (dairy, almond, coconut…whichever you prefer)
- 1 scoop protein powder (I love the taste of Lean Body for her, but use your favorite!)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!
I tested this recipe with a few flavors that I thought were awesome, try adding:
- With chocolate protein, add coconut extract (just a drop!) and toasted unsweetened coconut for a tropical treat.
- With vanilla protein, add fresh blueberries (or any fruit!) This one tastes just like tapioca pudding!
- With chocolate protein, add PB2 (or a spoon of regular peanut butter will work). Chocolate + Peanut butter = heaven.
I can’t wait until summer to get my hands on some fresh peaches and strawberries! Let me know if you try these and come up with a great version. Enjoy!