Want an easy, nutritious dish you can have for breakfast or a healthy snack? Try this chia seed pudding.

Chia seed pudding

2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut-almond milk (or any unsweetened variety you like)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 banana

Options:
Fresh peach, or any other of your favorite fruit
Unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 tsp vanilla
5-6 almonds
1/4 tsp rice malt syrup (optional, only if you really need this sweeter)

Simply put the chia seeds in a small bowl. Add the coconut-almond milk and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for several hours).  In the morning, add the fresh fruit and you have a tasty, super nutritious bowl for breakfast or to take for a treat during the day.

Chia seeds have become popular as one of the “superfoods” because they are rich in Omega-3 fats, protein, fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. The following nutrition profile is from Dr. Joshua Axe’s article on the benefits of chia seeds. You can read the entire article here.

Chia Seed Nutrition Profile

The reason Chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such as (1):

  • Dietary fiber (11g – 42% recommended daily value)
  • Protein (4.4g – 9% RDV)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (4915 mg)
  • Omega-6 fatty acids (1620 mg)
  • Calcium (77 mg – 18% RDV)
  • Copper (0.1 mg – 3% RDV)
  • Phosphorus (265 mg – 27% RDV)
  • Potassium (44.8 mg – 1% RDV)
  • Zinc (1.0 mg – 7% RDV)

Even if you have a busy schedule or you are not usually a breakfast eater, you can have a healthy breakfast ready to go! Just make this the night before and have your blueberries in a small baggie. Grab a banana, your fresh fruit, and your pudding and you’re set!

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