Cheeeeeee-ah! Not sure why I always feel the need to pronounce chia that way, I just do. We’ve got a delicious and ridiculously easy vanilla chia pudding for you today! About three years ago, I decided to change-up my lifestyle and start eating healthier and whole foods. Not that I really think our diet was really bad, but just making a few small changes really made a big difference. I think watching Food Inc really put a few things in perspective for me, and I realised just how damaging the wrong types of food could really be for your body. They weren’t huge changes that I made, nothing drastic like cutting out whole food groups etc, but just little things.
First of all, I enlisted the help of a Naturopath who helped me identify foods that really irritated my stomach, and found that acidic foods like green apples and tomatoes really made me feel unwell. I also started taking a course of probiotics to aid digestion. I started making more things from scratch, relying less on supermarket bought products, for example making healthy granola bars and snacks to take to work, rather than snacking on sugary muesli bars from the supermarket. I also started switching my breakfast from cereals (or sometimes nothing) to slow release energy foods like overnight oats, vanilla chia pudding, porridge and smoothies. Other small changes we made was to switch from eating flavoured yoghurt to natural yoghurt, and started using honey and maple syrup as natural sweeteners rather than sugar. These things were so easy to manage, and I noticed within about 4 months, I was off the probiotics all together and wasn’t nearly having the stomach pain I used to. These little changes made such a big difference to my energy levels, and the way I felt and looked. My skin was looking brighter and, along with going to the gym regularly, I was starting to notice I was losing some weight as well. I hadn’t felt that good in years!
What does this have to do with chia? Well, when I started my lifestyle change, I did a lot of research on new healthy recipes and whole foods and I came across heaps of information about chia seeds. I had always wanted to try chia pudding, so I researched a couple of recipes to try. In the end, this lead to coming up with a recipe myself that was perfect for the two of us. We love this vanilla chia pudding recipe because it takes about 2 minutes to make and you make it the night before so you can just grab it in the morning. Adam used to ride his bike to work back in Perth so could easily make his in a takeaway container and eat it at work! We also found that by making a breakfast the night before, we wouldn’t have to worry in the morning and would never leave the house without breakfast! So I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you have any queries about how I changed up my lifestyle, comment below!
Vanilla Chia Pudding
- 1/4 cup black chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk, or sub coconut milk beverage or cows milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp honey, or sub maple syrup if vegan
- yoghurt & fresh fruit, to top in morning
- Place chia seeds in bowl/take away container/jar
- In a jug, mix together almond milk, honey* and vanilla. Whisk until combined with a spoon.
- Pour milk over chia seeds and stir for 2 minutes.
- Place in fridge overnight.**
- Top with yoghurt and fresh fruit in the morning
**After 30 minutes, stir your chia to ensure it is evenly set then place back in fridge.