Your Anytime Snack: Superfood Chia Seed Pudding
A beautiful bowl of brain-boosting goodness ready in under 3 minutes
This is a guest blog by Holistic Health Coach Steph Dietz (@_stephdietz)
One of my favorites quotes states, “the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just a little bit extra.” I know, at first this sounds super cliche, but really, it’s as simple as that. Putting in a little extra effort can make all the difference in the way you feel, the way you perform, and the way you live. This idea was totally confirmed when I started putting in just a little extra energy and time to prepare food and practice eating more mindfully.
In our culture today, we’re trained to be constantly on the go and working hard, leaving little time to slow down and practice self care. We typically tend to seek quick and convenient options, especially when it comes to food. Finding myself among this group of fast-paced millennials, I knew something needed to change. I began trading some Friday evenings out with friends to further educate myself on nutrition, which has always been a passion of mine, and started exploring different, yet simple recipes. Sharing my experiences in the kitchen with friends and colleagues on social media became a daily routine for me and I quickly started to notice that others were interested in understanding how to recreate simple recipes.
I know the initial step to beginning to prepare healthy food and become more aware of what you’re fueling your body with can be overwhelming at first, especially with so many different dietary theories and opinions out there. With that in mind, I began to take a more simple approach to cooking. Everyone loves breakfast, and with the butter coffee craze in full swing I knew there had to be something to pair with the perfect cup of coffee. I’ve always been fascinated by different superfoods and their ability to pack nutrient-rich benefits into tiny little nuts, seeds, and powders. I quickly started to notice my pantry fill with some of the most popular including chia seeds, flax meal, collagen peptides, cinnamon, and more. This then led me to start exploring different ways to mix all of these different superfoods into one fulfilling recipe, which led my to my “superfood chia seed pudding.”
You’ll be shocked to find out the prep time is less than 3 minutes!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 tablespoons organic black chia seeds
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (Vital Proteins brand works best)
- Dash of honey
In a mason jar, combine the chia seeds, almond or coconut milk, cinnamon, collagen, and honey. Shake vigorously until all ingredients have blended smoothly and place in the refrigerator overnight. The chia seeds will absorb to multiple times their original size, creating a pudding-like substance. Pour the pudding into a bowl and top with your favorite superfoods.
My go-to’s include:
- Ground flax seed (great for digestion)
- Organic blackberries (high in antioxidants)
- Organic pomegranate seeds (reduces inflammation and lowers blood pressure)
- Organic almond butter (helps maintain healthy blood-glucose levels)
- Paleo granola (less sugar than normal granola and gluten-free)
Chia seeds are arguably one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet as they are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. They are also almost always grown organically, are non-GMO, and naturally free of gluten.
As a current student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I’ve learned the importance of filling your plate with things that nourish you on a deeper level and how food affects your behavior, mood, and entire well-being. This recipe has been one of my favorites as is it the perfect way to begin exploring your journey with preparing simple, nutrient-rich recipes. Enjoy!
Steph's bio: Growing up in an active family with a passion for living well, Steph has always been someone people visit for advice with food, fitness, and health. While Greek heritage had her consuming whole, nutrient rich foods since birth, her brother's adolescent injury sparked her complementary interest in movement as a powerful modality for healing. It wasn't, however, until she connected with her first mentor that things really began to make sense. Since graduating with her Bachelor's of Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Kinesiology, Steph has lived in New York City where she worked corporately in boutique fitness overseeing the development of over 60 instructors nationwide. Her career recently brought her down to Austin where she continues to live her passion in fitness and nutrition. Steph is also currently studying to be a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.