Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert, you should always watch what you are eating. Take note that whatever you eat will always have an impact on your overall health, so be sure to go for smart choices.
What about dessert? Most sweets out there are loaded with sugar. But does this mean that you can no longer satisfy your sweet tooth? Of course, not! You can still treat yourself to a delightful dessert as long as you watch the serving and pick something that is nutritious.
Have you had Chia seeds before? These seeds are flooding most grocery stores and supermarkets. That is because they are becoming highly in demand. The truth is, they are touted as a superfood. They are probably one of the healthiest foods that you can eat on the planet.
Chia seeds, which originated in Central America, offer a massive amount of nutrients but they are very low in calories. With that said, they are definitely a smart choice if you are aiming to lose weight. They are also loaded with antioxidants and almost all the carbs that they contain are fiber. Plus, they are a good source of protein.
So instead of indulging in unhealthy desserts, why not try Chia pudding? Sounds intimidating? This pudding is super simple to make and it only comes with 5 ingredients. You can also add some fresh berries or your choice of fruit slices.
Chia pudding is one of the easiest treats that you can whip up in your own kitchen. With only 5 ingredients, you can make it anytime. But most importantly, it is very healthy. You can have it for breakfast, dessert, or even as a snack!
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
2 teaspoons of maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
a pinch of kosher salt
***berries, fruit slices, or nuts for serving (optional)
- Combine chia seeds with milk, maple syrup (or any sweetener of your choice), vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.
- Cover and put in the fridge for at least 2 hours. You can also refrigerate it overnight, which would be much better.
- Serve with your choice of mix-ins and toppings.
You can replace the maple syrup with either honey or agave nectar.
See? As easy as that! You can pull a delicious Chia pudding together even with your eyes closed! But seriously, this food is quite easy to make and it is very healthy. You are free to make a huge batch to share with your family and friends. You can serve it as a dessert or snack. It is also good for breakfast.
This recipe involves pure vanilla extract. But if you are not into this ingredient, you can simply omit it. The result would still be delicious without vanilla.
In addition, Chia pudding can be served as is. Or, if you want to increase the nutritional value and add more flavors to it, you can top it with fresh berries and other fruit slices.