Chia Seeds are packed full of healthy fats, amino acids, and minerals that boost energy, cardiovascular function, brain function, and skin health!. They contain a concentrated source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (even more than flaxseeds!), which helps lower inflammation in the body and brain (1). Emerging research has shown that foods high in Omega 3’s may enhance memory and increase mental energy and performance (2). Chia seeds are especially high in the amino acid tryptophan, which is the precursor to serotonin (the happy hormone), and who doesn’t want more of that?! Finally, chia seeds contain several minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and folic acid which are important for stress reduction and energy production. They are extremely versatile and can be added to oatmeal, salads, smoothies or made into crackers or even “pudding” with your favourite berries for added antioxidant and detoxifying benefits! Below is the pudding recipe for you to enjoy!
Chia Protein Pudding
Servings: 1-2 || Prep Time: 5-10 mins
•1 cup plant-based milk of choice
•2 tablespoons collagen peptides or 1 scoop of vegan protein powder
•3 medjool dates , pitted, 1 tsp maple syrup or 1 packet of stevia
•½ teaspoon vanilla extract
•Pinch of sea salt
•¼ cup chia seeds
•Optional add ins: 1 Tbsp nut or seed butter of your choice (Eg. Almond butter), 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Place all of the ingredients, except for the chia seeds, in your blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a mason jar or small bowl. Add the chia seeds, seal the container and shake well to combine.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Eat straight from the jar or serve in a fancy glass 🙂
Note: This recipe was adapted from: http://livinglovingpaleo.com/2016/06/23/mocha-protein-chia-pudding/
Colleen Rempel, BSc (Human Nutritional Sciences)