I am kind of late to the chia seed pudding party but better late than never right? First time I ever had chia seed pudding I hated its slimy texture and almost gagged with the first spoonful. It grossed me out and I didn’t eat it again until very recently when Mark was looking for a quick made-ahead breakfast for his early mornings. Thankfully, I now love chia seeds and all the good things this teeny seed has to offer.
Chia seeds are considered a super food since these seeds pack a serious nutritional punch. For every ounce of chia seeds, you get 11 grams of fibre to keep your tummy happy, keeps your brain healthy with all those all important Omega-3 fatty acids and has 4.4 grams of protein. This heart-healthy seed is so beneficial to your body and a great staple in any diet. I constantly keep chia seeds in my pantry and add it to mostly smoothies, breakfast pudding and if I am in a crazy rush I even add it to my water bottle with a bit of lemon juice or this drink. Chia seed pudding is great to layer in a Mason jar with frozen fruit and topped with some raw buckwheat grouts and refrigerate until you are ready to go. Since chia seeds are a tad on the pricey side, I usually make a little pudding parfait for breakfast verses just straight up chia pudding.
I tried making blended carob pudding with banana as the sweetener but turns out I am not a fan of carob. It looks like chocolate but certainly does not taste like it. Scratch that ingredient off my pantry stock list. I just like chocolate too much to try to replace it with anything else. However, carob is good for those people who may be sensitive to or avoiding caffeine since it is naturally caffeine-free.
Mark who is indifferent to chocolate, say what??, asked me to make him a non-chocolate version. First thing first, do not blend a non-chocolate (or any dark coloured) pudding since it turns into a grey mess. Ok now that we have established that we can go to the recipe. Other than chocolate desserts, lemon is my second favourite flavour, especially the creaminess of lemon bars. This recipe can be made without the soaked cashews but they do add a lot of creaminess to this pudding so I highly recommend it.
I had this snack with frozen blueberries on top before my first ballet class! It kept me feeling energized and light, ready to take on all the French dance moves and positions. Turns out you can sweat a LOT by just bending and stretching. I thought I was the worst one in the class but every woman in the change room of the studio also made the same remark about their performance. It was the very first class ever and apparently we thought we would all be professional ballerinas after a mere hour and a half class? If only it were that simple. I had a great time and felt really accomplished that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I am very much looking forward to next week’s class. Special thanks to my mother who purchased the class for me as a birthday present (as well as the beautiful bracelet that I am wearing in my A Champagne Birthday photo shoot by Holly Bowman.)
Anything you want to try out? Something that maybe you tried once before but gave up? Perhaps a class you always felt too embarrassed to take? What would it take for you to push yourself out of your comfort zone and really give it your all? Leave any comments or positive messages to other readers below! Or your own story on overcoming your fear of looking silly and really immersed yourself in your passion.
- ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked 2-8 hours*
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (taste before adding any more lemon juice)
- ½ tablespoon fresh grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds, black or white
- Raspberries or any berry to top, fresh or frozen.
- Add everything but the chia seeds to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Transfer the liquid to a medium bowl and whisk in the chia seeds; whisk after 5 minutes to break up any clumps, cover and refrigerate to set.
- I usually make mine before bed so it is set in the morning. After it is set, layer with fruit, grains or nuts or enjoy on its own, topped with raspberries or a berry of your choice.