Chia pudding is a great option to include as a snack or pudding for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart health and brain function. Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation in the body and support overall well-being. Omega-3s can be a bit harder to come by on a vegan diet so it is great to include chia seeds as they have the highest Omega-3 content of any vegan food. For more information on plant based Omega-3, Vegan society have a great resource https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health/nutrients/omega-3-and-omega-6-fats
Secondly, chia pudding is packed with dietary fibre, promoting healthy digestion, and aiding in regular bowel movements. Chia pudding is a snack that dietitians often recommend to people struggling with constipation. The fibre content acts as a prebiotic, nourishing the good bacteria in your gut and promoting a healthy gut microbiome. A balanced gut microbiome is linked to improved digestion, enhanced immune function, and even better mood.
You can make it extra tasty by adding different flavours e.g. vanilla, chocolate, fruits and nut butters.
Below is a basic recipe but feel free to get creative.
60g chia seeds
300ml plant milk (I prefer fortified barista options to make it extra creamy such as alpro barista or oatly barista)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all the ingredients and leave overnight or for at least 4 hours in the fridge.
Give a good stir before serving and add your toppings of choice. I like a drizzle of maple syrup and blueberries with mine.
Makes 4 portions
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