Balance Your Hormones With This Chia Pudding Recipe

Chia is the linchpin in an easy breakfast recipe that can help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation. Keep reading to learn more about this ancient superfood and what it can do for you!

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Chia seeds have a high amount of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, which lower your heart disease risk, balance out thyroid hormones and may play a role in preventing breast cancer. According to Authority Nutrition, chia seeds can even help with type 2 diabetes.

A study was conducted with 20 people with diabetes, all receiving either 37 grams of wheat bran or 37 grams of chia seeds for 12 weeks. Those who received the seeds saw a small drop in blood sugar, a reduction in blood pressure by 3 to 6 mm/Hg, and a reduction in an inflammatory marker known as hs-CRP of 40 percent.

It's the essential fatty acids in the seeds that protect your heart and brain, and it's also believed that they boost the function of your thyroid gland.

In addition to all those benefits, just one ounce of chia seeds also packs quite the nutritional punch despite their small size, as is outlined below.

  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 18 percent of your daily recommended allowance of calcium
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 30 percent of your daily recommended allowance of manganese and magnesium
  • 9 grams of fat, 5 of which are omega-3 fatty acids
  • 27 percent of your daily recommended allowance of phosphorus
  • Some Vitamin B3, zinc, Vitamin B2, potassium and Vitamin B1

Quick Chia Pudding

Preparation time is 20 minutes; serves 1.

What you need for the pudding:

Organic cinnamon
Organic cardamom
Organic alcohol-free vanilla extract
1/4 cup of organic chia seeds
1 cup of organic seed or nut milk, such as coconut or almond

For the topping:

Organic blackberries
Organic blueberries
Organic raw pumpkin seeds
Organic hemp seeds
Organic bee pollen
Organic goji berries

What to do:

Whisk your pudding ingredients in a tall glass or a mason jar. Stir well with a fork for about five minutes, until all of your seeds are coated and covered. Cover the pudding and place it in the refrigerator for around 20 minutes. Note that you can leave the pudding in the fridge for longer if you prefer it thicker.

Once the pudding is at the right thickness, you can garnish it with all of your topping ingredients for a tasty and healthy treat. This recipe is gluten-free and Paleo, and it's also allergy friendly. If you want something that is more savory, you can add cucumbers, mint leaves, sea salt and avocado.

Vegan Berry Pudding

There are endless chia pudding options, and another popular recipe is the vegan berry pudding.

What you need:

1 mason jar
2/3 cup of almond milk
1 cup of raspberries
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 teaspoons of your preferred sweetener, such as maple syrup or brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon of tahini or your preferred nut butter
Mint, raw walnuts and berries for topping, to taste

What to do:

Mix all the pudding ingredients thoroughly, and pour into your mason jar. Place your toppings on the top, seal the jar and store in the fridge overnight.

Cherry Chia Pudding With Cashew Cream

Preparation time is 25 minutes; serves 4.

What you need for the pudding:

1/2 cup of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of sweetener, such as stevia
2-1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1/2 cup of pitted and halved bing cherries

What you need for the cream:

1/4 cup of halved and pitted bing cherries
2 tablespoons of cold water
1/4 cup of cashews
1/8 teaspoon of sweetener, such as stevia
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Blend your cherries, milk, cardamom, vanilla and sweetener in a blender on the high setting until it's smooth. Pour this mixture over your chia seeds and whisk completely. Let it sit for five minutes, and then stir again. After ten minutes has passed, stir again. Cover this mixture and keep it in your fridge for at least three hours or overnight.

Next, soak your cashews in the cold water, and put it in the fridge for at least three hours or overnight.

For the cream, blend your cherries in your blender until you get a smooth mixture. Drain and rinse off the cashews you soaked, and then add them to the blender with cold water. Blend the cashews until they are liquefied and have a uniform and smooth texture. Add your sweetener and vanilla, and blend until it's well-combined.

Before you serve, stir your pudding and divide it into four cups. Use your cream and more cherries as a topping.

Winter Chia Pudding

Preparation time is five minutes; serves one or two.

What you need:

3 cups of water
1 cup of your favorite nuts
1 cup of goji berries
1 cup of dry sour cherries
1 Medjool date
1/4 cup of chia seeds per every 1.5 cup of milk you obtain during preparation
1 vanilla bean pod, already spent, or one pinch of vanilla seeds
Your favorite berries or yogurt for topping

What to do:

Add your nuts and water to your blender. Blitz for 60 seconds until you get a milky, frothy mixture. Strain your milk and return it to your blender. Add your goji berries, sour cherries, and the date to your milk, and then blitz for three seconds. You can keep the spent nuts for use in blended cookie recipes!

Pour your spiced nut milk into a jar, and add your chia seeds. Put the lid on the jar, and shake it well to ensure the chia seeds are evenly spread out within. Then, add the vanilla bean or seeds to the jar, place it in the fridge and leave overnight. Serve with your desired toppings.

balance-your-hormones-with-this-chia-pudding-recipe-pinChia Seed Tips

You can add chia seeds to your diet in a variety of ways. They make a great topping for yogurt and oatmeal, but sprinkle them on just before eating so they retain their crunchy texture. These tiny seeds are also perfect for adding into many baked goods, including muffins, pancakes, waffles and granola.

You can also add chia seeds for some extra crunch to your meat breading, as it works particularly well with chicken, fish and even vegetables.

Start working chia seeds into your daily diet to enjoy all its amazing benefits today. From puddings to breading, these versatile and nutritious seeds really pack quite a punch!

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