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3-INGREDIENT CHIA PUDDING

by The Food Folks on May 04, 2021

Chia Pudding | The Food Folks

Be the Boss of Lockdown Breakfasts

Do you want to hop or do you prefer to slump? Many of us are feeling drained of energy due to a lack of sunshine, daily access to groceries, and plain normalcy.

When fruit and vegetables are in short supply, it's more difficult to always buy fresh and local. However, now, more than ever, we must take care of our bodies. This entails providing our bodies with the best possible fuel.

The only nutrients that give you a spring in your step and improve your immunity are the ones we're interested in stockpiling. In these odd times, packing goodness into every meal and snack can seem more difficult, but it is possible with a little imagination.

 

THE RIGHT WAY TO BREAK FAST

We're talking about breakfast today because it's always a good place to start. And, while some argue that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it's also the meal when tired – and often hurried – humans are most likely to reach for something quick. Convenience doesn't always equate to health, especially now that ultra-processed and refined sugar-packed cereals have cornered the market. Until chia seed puddings came along, that is. 


CHAMPION OF PUDDINGS

We don't know who invented Chia Pudding (if you're out there, thank you benevolent seed genius!) but we do know that it's delicious.

It's for a good reason, too. Chia seeds are nutrient powerhouses in a teeny-tiny package. They're rich in protein, fibre, and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as calcium and folates.

The humble Chia Pudding takes all of this goodness and transforms it into a convenient, delicious breakfast in just minutes, with the help of other nutrition superstars of your choice.


THE BASICS

The Food Folks Chosen Chia seeds, liquid, and sweetener are the basic components of a Chia Pudding. Chia seeds absorb liquid and form a gel casing, which sets in a fluffy dessert: nutrient-dense and ideal for kicking off your day with intent and vigour.

Toppings and additions can be as diverse as your pantry and preferences allow! When possible, use fresh and organic ingredients for the best nutritional value.


THE RECIPE (MAKES AROUND 5 SERVINGS)

3 cups plant milk (unsweetened)

a third of a cup of chia seeds

sweetener, 2 tbsp

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, split into 5 cups (leaving space for toppings), and chill overnight. That’s it!


THE ESSENTIALS

We challenge you to sift through your pantry, rifle through your fridge, and shake out your spice rack. If you have chia seeds, you almost certainly already have everything you need at home to make a breakfast that will set you up for a positive, productive day. If you don't have any, you can buy chia seeds online.


PLANT MILK

  • Canned coconut milk makes a rich, soft, and creamy pudding with its long shelf life. To keep the pudding from being too thick, add a little more liquid to the recipe.
  • Coconut milk from a carton is also delicious.
  •  Almond milk makes for a soft and nutty pudding. You can have almond milk in your pantry for a long time, or you can try making your own!

CHIA SEEDS 

You may use either white or black seeds. Ours are of the highest quality, raw and organic, last for a long time in your pantry, and go a long way thanks to their swelling properties!


SWEETENER

  • Raw honey is our favourite because of its amazingly versatile flavours, intact enzymes, and nutrients.
  • Maple syrup imparts caramel flavour
  • Date syrup gives the pudding a slightly richer flavour

ADDITIONS

Ingredients to be added during the stirring stage are called additions.

  • Cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg combine to make a tasty and comforting pudding.
  • Natural sweetness comes from the seeds of a vanilla pod.
  • Do you like chocolatey ? If you have cacao powder, add a tablespoon to the mix (a teaspoon of cocoa works well too).
  • The addition of grated apple or carrot to the pudding adds texture and flavour.
  • A half-pinch of salt will significantly improve the flavour.
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