Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Wonderful Chia Seed & Banana Chia Pudding

I was first turned onto chia seeds by my natropath about a year ago. He raved about chia seeds and how wonderful they are as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is often the cause of what we recognize as pain. I guess I was so convinced that I walked out of his office that day with a bag. At first I didn't really know how to incorporate chia seeds into my diet. I started with adding them to my smoothies, which makes them almost undetectable. Chia seeds expand when combined with liquid so they almost act like a binder and keep my smoothie nice and thick.  I also use them in baking- fruit crisp (helps absorb the fruit liquid similar effect as corn starch but clean), banana bread, oatmeal, jams, the possibilities go on and on! Here is some more information on the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.

So as you can see there is a ton of nutritional value packed into these little seeds. Here is some more information about chia seeds from Fitness Magazine. You can find chia seeds at most health food stores. Trader Joes also carries them, located near the baking goods. They are also available online at iHerb (use code MCJ116 to get $5 off your first order). iHerb has the best prices on pretty much everything nutrition related as well as incredibly fast shipping. Here are the chia seeds the I use.

I got the recipe for this chia pudding from Instagram (@laurenirene1). It is a delicious and nutritious dessert or anytime snack! And yet another great way to incorporate chia seeds into your diet.

Banana Chia Pudding:

1 tbs chia seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 banana (the browner the better)- mashed
Stevia to taste- (optional, I'd only use if your bananas aren't ripe)

1. Mix chia seeds, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl or cup.

2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the chia seeds expand. The longer you refrigerate the thicker your pudding will be.

3. Add in the mashed banana before serving.

4. Guilt-free dessert. Enjoy!

My chia pudding after it was half eaten and I realized that I should probably snap a pic :)


  1. Thanks. I definitely want to try this. I love the over ripe bananas.

  2. How many calories in this please ?