Friday, January 10, 2014

Chia Pudding Updated


I have a new Chia Pudding recipe! Here's the old one. Yes chia seeds are the same things that make those chia pets. They are rich in omega-3 fats and fiber so you'll feel full after eating them.

rich in omega-3 fats and fiber
rich in omega-3 fats and fi
The Sunday before Christmas I got up early to mail some packages at the post office before I went to church on a rainy day. I didn't have time to eat breakfast and the food court had Au Bon Pain and Le Pain Quotidien. Since I'm not familiar with the latter I went to ABP and stood in the longest line and the whole time I'm thinking how unhealthy it is for me to get a bagel with cream cheese, it's a lot of empty calories. I know they have healthy egg white sandwiches but I only eat organic free range eggs, have been since high school, so I couldn't get that.

Then I remembered an article I had read online recently saying that surprisingly a buttery croissant is actually a better option than a bagel with cream cheese so I thought I'll go over to Le Pain Quotidien and get that. While I was in line there I happened to see in their dessert section Chia Coconut Pudding topped with mango. It was the most delicious thing I have ever had! It was because they used full fat coconut milk and a lot of agave nectar. So I've been making my own healthy version of it at home that still tastes good. This is my new breakfast!

I only used half the coconut and substituted the rest with low fat greek yogurt. Then I made my own topping with pureed fruit, much healthier than buying yogurt with fruit on the top. For my first batch I pureed 3 kiwis and that was enough for 2 servings.  Did you know that kiwi has more potassium than a banana, one kiwi has more Vitamin C than an orange, contains tons of fiber, and enhances energy levels too. Kiwis are my mother's favorite fruit and as a puree I can really appreciate how delicious the flavor is! For my second batch I used pomegranate seeds mixed with raspberries. For both batches I sprinkled a little zsweet artificial sugar on it.

Ingredients:
½  cup Trader Joe's Coconut Cream Extra Thick&Rich
3 Tbsp  Trader Joe's Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Trader Joe's Organic Blue Agave Sweetener
½  cup 365 Whole Foods Greek Yogurt 0%
½ tsp vanilla
sprinkle of cardamom and ginger (optional)

Directions:
Mix the chia seeds with the coconut cream. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate overnight so the seeds can expand.

Nutritional Analysis
Makes 2 servings
303 cal, 12g protein, 10g fiber



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