Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Chia Seed Vanilla Pudding


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)
Amazing stats, right? Why am I just now learning all of this. Chia seeds -- where have you been all my life????

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
Serves One

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

12 comments:

Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

I just found chia seeds, too! Do you find that they have a very slight peppery taste? I thought they should be flavorless, but I'm not sure how fresh my seeds were!

Angie's Recipes said...

Never had chia seeds...they look very interesting and intriguing.

blackdove5 said...

Chia seeds have been around my life in the form of Chia pets:-)

Sounds good though with the Omega 3s - I'd prefer the seeds over fish oil pills.

5 Star Foodie said...

This sounds delightful! I'll have to get some chia seeds very soon and try this!

Mom on the Run said...

Wow! What a great post! They added Chia Seeds to the crackers I buy and didn't really know what all the hype was about.

I am so intrigued I might have to make this pudding.

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

this is the third chia post I've seen tonight! Guess I'll have to pick some of these babies up. The pudding looks great!

Kristin Pizzi said...

yum! Looks good! Thanks for sharing!

chrystad72 said...

Im loving the chia pudding!! ive only made chocolate so far but your vanilla recipe looks awesome!! its a must try! I love the crunch they add to foods. Sometimes I throw them in my yogurt or something just because I like crunchy things in my food! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

fancythatfancythis.com said...

I have never had chia seeds before but this looks very tempting!! Thanks for the recipe!

Margaret said...

For more information about chia seeds, and some recipe ideas, check out my website: www.chiativity.org

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

No idea about chia seeds the Aztecs with chocolate and now these exceptional seeds!
A healthy 75 calorie snack and moreover - delicious - Perfect :)

Cheers,

Gera

Mo Diva said...

where has this been all my life????

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