I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved having smoothies in the morning. It’s totally understandable that certain ingredients like kale or spinach, may not tickle everyone’s fancies, but they certainly do mine!
I guess I have this weird obsession with smoothies. Knowing that I can get a TON of nutrients and plant-based protein, all packed into one drink, just does something for me!
I recently started incorporating more chia seeds into my smoothies.
Why?! I found out that 1 oz of chia seeds holds 11g of fibre and 4g of protein! How crazy is that? The best part of it is that it’s a source of plant-based protein & fibre! Therefore, I don’t have to worry about any added chemicals or steroids. This is especially true if I buy my seeds fully organic and non-GMO.
Learn how to make chia pudding!
I was a little thrown off when I first heard the words “chia pudding”. I’d never really been a fan of regular pudding to be honest. And, I wasn’t sure how I felt about about a seedy/grainy pudding, either. But I found a great recipe for Chia Seed Pudding by Angela Liddon (Oh She Glows), and I was instantly converted.
I love the convenience of chia pudding; simply having some in the fridge to pull from. I love that you can flavour it with different ingredients like maple syrup, vanilla extract or cocoa. And then, when it comes time to eating it, enter, the perfect chia stack!
Adding a bit of smoothie to my chia puddings really took things up a notch.
The triple threat?! One, you get your fruit/veggie intake from the smoothie. Two, you get your fibre & protein from the chia. Three, the hidden benefits of chia seeds: manganese and magnesium! I don’t think I’ll ever have another smoothie without my chia!
Smoothie hack: you can add your chia seeds straight into your smoothie.
That’s what I do sometimes if I haven’t had the time to prepare the chia pudding overnight. I usually add one serving (1 oz) directly into the blender. And if you leave it in the smoothie for about 20 minutes, it even acts as a thickener, and changes the texture to one that is perfect for making all those smoothie bowls you see on my instagram feed 😉
Let’s face it, quick breakfasts that save time in the morning = everything!
That brings us to making the perfect chia pudding smoothie stack.
Here’s how I like to make my chia pudding.
- 1/2 cup of chia seeds
- 3 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Silk)
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mix all your ingredients in a bowl using a whisk. Set aside for 5 minutes, whisk again until you have a consistent texture, and leave in fridge for 2 hours, or overnight.
Note, if you leave it in the fridge overnight, you may need to whisk is slightly again if any clumps have formed.
This one is a simple recipe, but the options are endless. You can use coconut milk, or add cocoa to make chocolate chia pudding. You can toss in turmeric or ginger if you want to give it a kick.
My advice: don’t get turned off by texture. Play with your ingredients a bit until you find the perfect mix! Things can get messy sometimes, but that’s okay. You’re just discovering what works for you, and what doesn’t. I hope you enjoy!
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick