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The name, Vanilla Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding, is deceiving because this sweet little concoction could really be eaten anytime, even for desert. With only six super healthy ingredients, you can make a breakfast full of omega-3 fats, fiber, protein, vitamins and antioxidants that is totally delicious and guilt free.
Chia Seed Benefits
Chia seeds are an excellent source of Antioxidants. Antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage. They can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation from free radical damage.
Eating Chia seeds promotes healthy skin, reduces signs of aging, supports the heart and digestive system, builds stronger bones and muscles. They are full of fiber, iron, and calcium. Don’t over do Chia seeds the first go-round though. These little guys really pack a fiber punch. They will blast right through your intestines like tiny rockets. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
Besides being beautiful and super tasty, berries are really, really good for you.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that may help keep memory sharp as you age. They also can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer.
Raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound found to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Strawberries are an excellent source of potassium, many B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iodine, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper.
Strawberries are on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen because they contain the most pesticide residue. So buy Organic if you can. If you buy conventionally grown strawberries, you can wash away external pesticides with this super easy, DIY fruit and veggie wash.
All berries are great sources of fiber that helps keep the digestive system to keep moving smoothly. We add berries as a side for breakfast and lunch or just a snack.
Almond Milk Benefits
Almond milk is low in fat, but high in energy, lipids and fiber. It contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. It is also high in protein, which is good for bone strength. Almond milk is a staple at my house, we use it for cooking, smoothies, cereal and protein shakes.
Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and helps to lower blood sugar. Eating cinnamon regularly enables the body to fight infections and repair tissue damage. Bonus if you sprinkle some in your morning cup of Joe.
Vanilla Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding
- 1.5 cup non-dairy milk (almond, coconut or cashew)
- 6 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Fresh berries
- Slivered almonds (optional)
- Dash Cinnamon (optional)
Step 1: In a small bowl, combine the milk and vanilla extract. Stir until combined. Sprinkle in the chia seeds and stir them in thoroughly.
Step 2: Pour mixture into a bowl or jar, cover and refrigerate overnight. I like my pudding on the thicker side so I wait until it has the consistency of actual pudding. Some people like it more liquidy. It’s totally up to you.
Step 3: Serve pudding with berries, almonds and a dash of cinnamon sprinkled on top.
So long story short, here are just some of the benefits to Vanilla Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding.
- Antioxidants – prevents cell damage due to free radicals
- Fiber – maintains healthy digestive tract
- Protein – builds and repairs tissues, builds muscle which encourages weight loss
- Omega-3 fats – benefits heart health, affects children’s learning and behavior
- Calcium – builds and maintains strong bones
Let me know if you give this recipe a go. I am excited to see what you think.