Chia Seed Pudding

I have a new obsession – Chia Seed Pudding. These words have been floating around Instagram and health food blogs for a while, but I’ve just recently discovered what the hell chia seeds actually are. I’ve been following a health food blogger who posts great recipes, and then I realised that she’s Irish, and she’s just about to have a baby. She’s also a food scientist, so you know, she knows what she’s talking about. She is Guided With Grace, and you can follow her here

I’m always looking for healthy filling foods that will help with losing weight or maintaining your happy size. Right now, I’m not at my happy size. I have a 7 and a half month old hungry boy who is just fresh off the boob. By fresh off the boob, I mean, my last breadtfeeding session ever for this baby was about 3 hours ago. I’m done now, and dead proud of myself for feeding him for so long. But now that I’m not burning the 400 odd calories a day from breastfeeding, I have to eat like a normal person again. Damn! I love eating! I have quite a big appetite anyway, so you can imagine how much I was eating when feeding around the clock. But no more, I need to reduce my calories so I don’t pile on more weight.

I’m also going to a wedding in Portugal in 5 weeks, so that is my motivation to get to my happy size. Right now I’m 10 stone 2lbs, and I’d like to be 9stone 10lbs, so I have 5 weeks to lose about 7lbs. And here is where the Chia Seed Pudding comes in.

I do eat very healthily, albeit a little too much, and breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I usually have porridge with fruit, poached or scrambled eggs, or those delicious banana and egg pancakes (recipe here) But this chia seed pudding ticks all the boxes for me.

– It’s not unlike porridge, but a cold version (I’m sure you can heat it up in the microwave though)
– It’s low in calories – only 140 calories in 30g of chia seeds, which is pretty much the same as porridge or Wheetabix BUT…
– It’s only got 12g of carbohydrates, unlike 30g of porridge or Wheetabix which has about 20g
– Of those 12g of carbohydrates, 10g is pure fibre. And who doesn’t like lots of fibre in the morning 🙂
– There is no sugar in these seeds. Depending on what you add to it, milk or water, then you’re adding in sugars
– It’s actually very filling, which I wasn’t expecting
– I feel cool eating out of a hipster glass jar

So, enough about me, here’s the recipe

In a jar or bowl with a lid, mix 3 tablespoons of chia seeds (30g) with 200ml of normal/almond/soy/coconut milk or water. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1-2 drops of vanilla essence or cinnamon. Mix it really well, and leave in the fridge overnight. That’s it. In the morning, the seeds will have expanded and formed a pudding like texture, ready to be served with whatever you like. Good toppings are:
Banana and honey
Berries and mixed seeds
Apple, walnuts and cinnamon
Honey
Peanut butter
Any fruit you like really

Once you figure out what way you like it to be, you can make a big batch of it, and have it ready for 3 or 4 days breakfast.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here for more healthy recipes and weight loss tips, cos that’s the post baby buzz I’m on right now. Steph

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