Have you tried to make a chia seed pudding yet? If not, it's time to reap the benefits from this superfood seed with the perfect complementary flavors.
Originally grown in Mexico, chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and chia seeds were known as “runners’ food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle. Aztec warriors ate them to give them energy and endurance, claiming that just one spoonful could sustain them for 24 hours.
According to Ayurveda, chia seeds can help nourish the blood and promote digestive regularity thanks to their ability to absorb water in the gastrointestinal tract, forming a gel-like substance.
Protein-Packed Chia Pudding
One shortcoming of most chia seed pudding recipes is relatively low protein content. But that's not the case with this healthy chia pudding powered by Bone Broth Protein Vanilla. Each serving provides 18.3 grams of protein.
Bone Broth Protein is the easiest way to consume the ancient superfood that our ancestors ate every single day. It's three times more potent than homemade broth and twice as potent compared to the other leading bone broth brands (based on protein content). It also provides support for the gut, joints and skin.
Soak Chia Seeds Before Eating?
Most of us wonder whether you need to soak chia seeds before eating. While it's okay to eat them straight, if you soak them then you “sprout” them, which releases the enzyme inhibitors that are used to protect the seed.
This make them much easier to digest and also helps increase the amount of nutrients your body is able to absorb (same story with grinding chia seeds). It's why we tell you to wait at least two hours to consumer this chia seed pudding, in order to get the most nutrients out of your food and maximize the potential benefits of chia seeds.
How to Make Chia Seed Pudding
Combining chia seeds with this carefully selected group of ingredients results in such a satisfying and decadent final product that it’s hard to believe you’re eating something that is so good for you.
In a high speed blender, add frozen blueberries, almond milk and the Bone Broth Protein vanilla powder. Blend on high until smooth.
In a medium-sized bowl, pour in berry mixture. Whisk in chia seeds, lemon zest, lemon juice, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Let sit for 5 minutes, and then stir again.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Stir the mixture again before serving. Optionally, top with Greek or coconut yogurt and fresh blueberries.
Recipe developed by Holly Darnell, RD. Holly is a registered dietitian nutritionist who unlocked self-love at the intersection of exceptional food and practical solutions for healthy living. She’s passionate about helping others make simple, positive lifestyle changes on their individual path to healing.