Spark Eats: Emily McLaughlin’s Chia Seed Pudding

 

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Chia seeds – those little guys can pack a serious nutritional punch!

Chia seeds are chock full of fiber, manganese and omega-3s. Manganese is great for fortifying bone health, regulating blood sugar and boosting metabolism. Omega-3s are healthy fatty acids shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, and are also present in fish, fish oil and flaxseeds.

Related: Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

A few weeks ago in Boston, movers attended Emily McLaughlin’s Om, Nom, a MoveWith Original comprised of a 60-minute vinyasa yoga class and a curated healthy recipe demonstration.

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On the agenda that day? Movers learned how to make their own chia seed pudding at home for breakfast, snack or dessert.

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Follow the recipes below to make your own chia seed goodness at home.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

(serves 1)

1 Tbsp raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp chia seeds

1 cup plain, unsweetened nut milk

1 tsp honey

  1. Add the cocoa powder and chia seeds to a mason jar. Shake well.
  2. Pour 1 cup of milk into the mason jar and shake.
  3. Measure 1 tsp of honey into the mason jar and shake again.
  4. Store in the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving. If the chia seeds sink to the bottom in the first hour and clump up, give the jar a shake or stir. Serve with raw cacao nibs or fresh berries.

Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

(serves 1)

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp chia seeds

1 cup plain, unsweetened nut milk

1 tsp honey

1-2 drops of vanilla extract

  1. Add the cinnamon and chia seeds to a mason jar. Shake well.
  2. Pour 1 cup of milk into the mason jar and shake.
  3. Measure 1 tsp of honey and the vanilla extract into the mason jar. Shake again.
  4. Store in the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving. If the chia seeds sink to the bottom in the first hour and clump up, give the jar a shake or stir. Serve with fresh fruit.

Emily McLaughlin is the fitness teacher, recipe developer and photographer behind Stay Healthy, Stay Happy. SHSH is your hub for mindful, simple wellness.  You’ll find workouts, motivational posts and a lot of recipes. In Boston? Join Emily for a yoga, cardio dance or boxing class and be sure to check out her Om, Nom events.

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