Cat and I just ended a thirty day cleanse and we feel like we could conquer just about anything. We did thirty days with no alcohol, sweets or dairy and committed to working out four days a week. We love a challenge and faced this one head on! Sometimes the best thing I think that comes with branching out and changing up your routine is I find different ways to do things or different things to eat that I wouldn't normally eat.
I hadn't really realized how many sweets I was eating until the cleanse started. As great as it felt to cut them out, I was still having moments of wanting a little treat, so in comes chia pudding. I had seen a Tasty video on Facebook of chia pudding awhile back and it spiked my curiosity. I'm happy to report this is the easiest thing to make and taste super good. If you don't like chia seeds you won't like this, but for anyone else willing to give it a try you definitely should. When chia seeds soak in a liquid they become somewhat of a weird texture, so if you can get past that you're good to go. Chia seeds are great for you and offer a ton of healthy benefits which is why chia pudding is a game changer in our book!
Benefits to chia seeds ||
- high in Omega-3
- great source of fiber
- protein packed
- low in calories
- filled with antioxidants
Chia Pudding ||
- 1 cup almond milk (or chocolate almond milk if you wanna live dangerously)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract
After mixing all ingredients listed above in a bowl, put it in your fridge covered for about two hours, or simply put in your fridge overnight. The mixture will become a pudding consistency the longer it sits, hence the title chia pudding. I was out of agave nectar, so I added a couple teaspoons of honey on top of mine with some goji berries. More on goji berries and why we love them here.
Other fun ways to use chia pudding is mixed in your oatmeal or morning smoothie. The topping choices are endless as well, whether it's fresh fruit, granola, or a few chocolate chips if you're feeling like living on the edge. In the fall we love the idea of adding pumpkin spice seasoning, or around Christmas adding nutmeg and cinnamon. Whatever you love, add it in and enjoy!