Chia Pudding is perfect at this time of year as it is a hearty protein breakfast to ease you into the day. Prepared the night before it’s a simple easy breakfast that packs a punch.
What Is Chia?
Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures.
“Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds. Don’t be fooled by the size… these tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains (1, 2):
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
The antioxidant activity of chia seeds is higher than any whole food, even blueberries.
Read more here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/truth-about-chia
2 spoons of chia seeds
1 spoon of linseed
1 measure of hemp protein powder
1 spoon of Gogi berries
1 cup of almond milk/ coconut milk/ hazelnut milk (whatever you prefer)
1/2 banana sliced
Drizzle of agave syrup
Put all the ingredients (bar the sliced banana) in a mason jar or large cup and stir then leave in fridge overnight.
Take out of fridge in the morning and place sliced banana on top of the set pudding with another drizzle of agave syrup.
Enjoy this plant based protein in a bowl!