Let me first say that I definitely didn't come up with the recipe on my own. No, I browsed a number of blogs mentioning Chia seeds and puddings before ever embarking on my own experiments. I did some tweaking and came up with this 75 calorie snack.
Chia seeds are this magical food that everyone is talking about lately and I had no idea why... other than they are good for you. It turns out that Chia seeds have been around since the Aztecs who prized Chia seeds like gold. A good source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, Chia seeds are also chock full of fiber and other nutrients.
Nutritional Information for 1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds:
- 40 Calories
- 4 grams of fat (1g saturated fat, .25g monounsaturated fat, 2.75g polyunsaturated fat)
- 5 grams of carbohydrates (5 grams of fiber: 1g soluble, 4g insoluble)
- 2 grams of protein
- 6 mg Vitamin C (10% DV)
- 76 mg Calcium (8% DV)
- 1.8mg Iron (10% DV)
- 150mg Phosphorus (15% DV)
- 38mg Magnesium (10% DV)
- 85mg Potassium (2% DV)
- 2,406mg Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 EFAs)
- 792mg Linoleic Acid (Omega-6 EFAs)
- 294mg Oleic Acid (Omega-9 EFAs)
Back to the pudding. What is cool about Chia seeds is that they also act as a thickening agent. When added to the almond milk, they become almost gelatinous with semi-crunchy beads throughout.
Uncovering Food's Chia Seed Vanilla Pudding
3 ounces unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1.5 tbsp pure Chia Seeds
1/2 packet of a Stevia sweetener
Mix together and let sit chill for twenty minutes of up to 24 hours. It will continue to thicken overnight. I enjoy this as a dessert, a snack, or even as part of a morning meal.
Stats for the pudding: 75 calories, 8g fat, 10g fiber, 4g protein