RECIPE: Chia Seed Pudding

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Chia seed pudding one of my meal prep staples! It's so easy to make.

Packed with healthy fats, some nourishing protein, and my favorite adaptogens, it packs a nutritional punch and makes for a great pre-workout snack or can complete a quick breakfast when you're on the go. 😋

Below, you'll find two different variation on this super simple recipe. But first...let me answer a couple questions I've been asked.

Is chia seed pudding whole30-compliant?

Technically, yes. If you are using Whole30-compliant ingredients, this can be a perfect part of your diet. But however, when it comes to "the spirit of the law," here are my two scents.

Proceed with caution!

If the pudding-like consistency of chia seed pudding is too reminiscent of creamy, dreamy desserts and treats, it qualifies as a SWPYPO ("Sex With Your Pants On," aka making junk food with approved ingredients). If chia seed pudding is simply whole food fuel for you, you are in the clear.

Also, the recipe includes medjool dates - if you know that dates trigger your "Sugar Dragon," don't make chia seed pudding a part of your Whole30. 

Is chia seed pudding enough on its own?

As a snack, yes. Chia seed puddings is full of healthy satisfying fats and these recipes include antioxidant-rich superfoods with beneficial micronutrients. But, they lack in the protein department.

1 oz of chia seeds only has 4.7g of protein. These recipes calls for about 2 oz of chia seeds and make 4 servings, giving you less than 3g of protein per serving from chia seeds.

The grass-fed collagen peptides in this recipe add more protein, but the protein in collagen is made up of non-essential amino acids. These non-essential amino acids have a myriad of benefits, but do not make a complete protein.

To make chia seed pudding a part of a complete breakfast, I recommend incorporating a compete protein source and enzyme-rich veggies or a breakfast salad. 

Get the Recipes below!

Whole30 Paleo Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

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COCONUT COLD BREW CHIA SEED PUDDING

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Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Gather your ingredients, prepare, and divide into measured portions.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender, except for the chia seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, and cacao nibs. Blend until thoroughly mixed. Then stir in the remaining ingredients! 
  3. Pour mix into a large sealed container, or portion into 4 oz mason jars, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  4. And...there you go! Your Coconut Cold Brew Chia Seed Pudding is ready! It's tasty on its own, or top it off with your toppings of choice (fore example, raspberries with additional coconut and cacao nibs) and enjoy!
Cinnamon Grass Fed Collagen Protein Chia Seed Pudding

CINNAMON COLLAGEN CHIA SEED PUDDING

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Makes 4 servings.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Gather your ingredients, prepare, and divide into measured portions. For a tutorial on how to use whole vanilla bean in cooking, click here.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender, except for the chia seeds. Blend until thoroughly mixed. Then stir in the chia seeds
  3. Pour mix into a large sealed container, or portion into 4 oz mason jars, and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  4. And...voilà! Your Cinnamon Collagen Chia Seed Pudding is ready! It's tasty on its own, or top it off with your fruit of choice (chopped blood oranges and blueberries are a fun combo) and enjoy!

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Happy Healthy Joe - Integrative Health Coach

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Joseph Struhs (LA-based certified health coach) is an essential oil educator and wellness passionisto by day, marketing consultant for health pros by night! When he's not working, you can catch him fitting in a workout at the gym or getting crazy in the kitchen.