Chia Seeds & Chia Pudding

chiaSince walking the path of the plant based eater I’ve discovered and fallen in love with chia seeds. They’re amazing. In just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (28 grams or 1 ounce) you get 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3 fats and a good helping of calcium, manganese and magnesium. I almost forgot to mention there’s also Zinc, Vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 and B3 (Niacin). On top of that stuff, they help you to feel full since they swell in size when hydrated and their soluble and insoluble fibre and gel like consistency allow the colon to be swept clean of waste. Like flax seeds, they help to take out the trash so to speak!

They are super easy to incorporate in food and are just as good whether you eat or drink them whole or blend them up. They go well in smoothies and drinks, can be sprinkled on breakfast or salad and you can even add them to a muffin or bread mix. They really can be incorporated into your diet and they have so many benefits.

My personal favourite thing to do is to make a chia pudding. Since they swell when hydrated, in the right amount of liquid they form a pudding. Now you can do this with any liquid you please. Water doesn’t pack too much flavour but you can use juice, nut milk or even something as rich as coconut milk. I love using my homemade almond milk. It’s a quick and it works really well with fruit or granola.

Use 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1/8 cup of liquid (give or take for the consistency you prefer) and set aside for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of your breakfast or water the plants. It helps to stir once or twice and you’ll see after a 5 minutes that the seeds are now little balls that kind of look like frog spawn, that’s when they’re ready. Mix with fruit or pour on top of your granola and you’re good to go!

Try it layered with bananas, blueberries, dates and a sprinkle of cacao nibs.



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