I’ve been on a huge chia seed kick lately, adding them to smoothies, yogurt parfaits, homemade granola bars and just about anything else that could use an extra boost of nutrition.
These little tiny black jewels are packed full of nutrition, including protein, fibre, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Just one ounce of chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons) contains about 10 grams of fibre and almost 5 grams of protein—both of which help us feel fuller longer—contributing to healthy weight management.
The soluble fibre found in chia seeds can also help to keep blood sugar levels stable and can help protect against many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and colon cancer.
Because we have three kids we often buy foods in bulk, and when we were at Costco recently I ended up buying a fairly large bag of chia seeds. In an effort to use them up, I’ve been adding them to various recipes that I normally make and have been testing out some new recipes that feature them. I’ve been noticing “chia pudding” recipes pop up in my social media newsfeeds lately and decided to test out my own version. And I, of course, had to include my favourite ingredient—chocolate.
I had been debating whether or not to blend the pudding up once it was made (so that it was smooth instead of textured which might be more appealing to some), but I decided to test it out on my two-year-old daughter first (who is going through a bit of a picky stage). She LOVED it. However, you can blend the pudding in a good quality blender or food processor if your family prefers a smoother texture.
Making this pudding with milk and yogurt makes the pudding nice and creamy, and of course, makes this sweet treat snack-worthy, because it adds so many essential nutrients and health benefits.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
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Written by a Registered Dietitian.