Be Well Kitchen: Chia Seed Pudding for Breakfast

Have you jumped on the chia seed bandwagon?  I love chia seed pudding for breakfast in the spring and summer. It’s super quick and easy to prepare, and the variations are endless.

Chia seeds are a great superfood for a few reasons:

  • A complete protein source, containing all 8 essential amino acids
  • Packed with iron and calcium
  • Great source of omega 3 fatty acids
  • Have lots of fiber which can make you feel full and help with constipation
  • Because chia seeds absorb many times their weight in water, they help with hydration and retaining electrolytes
  • They are sugar free!  

One easy way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet is by adding a tablespoon to your morning smoothie. Or if you want to change things up, try this recipe for Chia Seed Pudding:

Chia Seed Pudding with Endless Variations (Serves 1)

Base

  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings

  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Shredded coconut  
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Honey or stevia

Mix the chia seeds, liquid, vanilla extract and salt. Place in the refrigerator overnight to thicken (or for at least 3 hours).

In the morning, you can add a splash more of liquid and any toppings you choose. Get creative and have fun! This is a breakfast you can easily “grab and go” and bring to work in a mason jar.

My favorite combo these days is avocado + mango + shredded coconut + a drizzle of honey.

What’s your favorite way to have chia seed pudding for breakfast?