One of my favorite parts about eating healthy is that it doesn’t have to taste mediocre or bland. I like, or better yet, my husband and I like to make it fun, tasty and artsy.
When it comes to cooking my husband calls me the health guru. I choose the best foods to eat, I buy the ingredients then I chat his ear off about why I chose those ingredients and which are the best ways to eat them. Most of the time, my man, or like I like to call him in the kitchen ‘the health crazed chef’ zones out and creates some flavorful masterpieces. Follow my instagram stories to see how funny and messy our cooking duo is!
So here I go on my health rant – right now, chia seeds are my superfood go to. Spring is an epic season to cleanse the body. After a winter of slowing down and of indulgence our bodies really appreciate the extra help to drive out the stagnant toxins that we’ve accumulated over the colder months.
These seedling are rich in fiber and are full of nutrients and vitamins that your body will absorb while cleansing away the toxins. They keep you fuller for longer, which helps to lose those extra pounds added on during the winter months. Chia seeds are also full of Omega-3 fatty acids and just one ounce has 18% of the recommended daily amount of calcium.
Simply put – chia seeds are a a power cleanser that keep your waistline and digestive system happy and they help to keep your heart and your bones healthy!
Now to the tasty part – our fridge is almost always stocked with our latest chia pudding creation. It is dairy free, gluten free, processed sugar free, soy free….wait don’t go, I promise that it isn’t taste free. I used to love pudding or fruity-licious yogurts, but now all I want is chia pudding because not only does it keep my body and skin cleansed and hydrated but it is also so freakin’ creamy and delicious!
What I love about it the most is how much my little one loves it. Especially this berry version. Berries are my little girls’ favorite fruits…especially blackberries. Our toddler is quite the foodie.
The health crazed chef wasn’t part of this creation, but he did suggest the parfait look, which I executed while my girl was on my hip, so, as you can imagine, this is pretty easy to make especially if both of your hands are free! Also, if you are craving a little crunch with your creamy go ahead and add some of your favorite granola or nuts.
Have you ever had chia pudding? Let me know if you will give this recipe a try!
- Chia Pudding
- 6 tbs white chia seeds
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
- 3 Tbs pure maple syrup
- Berry Jam
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 3 tbs white chia seeds
- 2 tbs pure maples syrup (or to taste)
- 1tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup fresh berries
- Mix together the coconut milk with the almond milk until blended
- Add the chia seeds, vanilla extract and maple syrup and mix well
- Place in the fridge overnight
- Prep the ingredients for the very berry jam
- In a pan add the strawberries and the berry mix
- Simmer and stir until berries seem soft
- Add the pure maple syrup,pure vanilla extract and the chia seeds
- Bring to a light boil
- Shut off the heat
- Mash and blend it all with a potato masher
- Place in the fridge overnight