We have officially entered the dog days of summer here in Pittsburgh! I’m not complaining at all; in fact, I love this weather! But I try to institute a “plant shut down” in my kitchen when it’s so hot. I like fast, easy to prepare foods that don’t need cooking for days like this. Chia pudding is just that. I’ve been wanting to try chia pudding for quite sometime now, and it really couldn’t have come at a better time!
Chia seeds are the new “it” food. You remember those commercials from the 80’s: “Ch-ch-ch-chia!” That’s what these are! Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala and were cultivated by the ancient Aztecs. They are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and, unlike flax seeds, do not need to be ground for your body to digest them! Just one ounce of chia contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 18% of your daily value of calcium, and 30% of your daily value of manganese. Talk about a powerhouse!
It’s so refreshing, and it really couldn’t be easier to make! Besides being easy and delicious, it’s healthy and versatile, too! I had just picked some raspberries from the bushes in my backyard and had some leftover mint from another recipe, so that’s what went in it. Get creative with this one!
Before I share my recipe, quick update on my garden! I have definitely learned a lesson in vining plants:
This summer, I will have squash and lemon cucumbers. That’s it. No more lettuce. No beets, onions, peppers, and probably no tomatoes. Next summer, the squash are not going in this particular bed. Only non-vining plants! Whoops! Oh well. Stay tuned for a million recipes for squash!
On to the yumminess!
RASPBERRY MINT CHIA PUDDING
Serves 4 (trust me; it’s filling!)
1 cup Milk of choice (I used Almond Coconut Milk Blend)
½ cup Red Raspberries
¼ cup Chia Seeds
1-2 Tbsp 100% Pure Maple Syrup
8-10 Mint leaves
1. Add all ingredients to blender, and blend well until combined. (Alternatively, blend all ingredients except chia seeds. Stir in chia seeds to milk mixture.) If it seems thick, add a little more milk. It will only become thicker as it chills!
2. Chill for at least 3 hours until firm.
Nutrition Information (per serving – 1/4 of recipe)
Fat: 3 grams
Saturated Fat: 0 grams
Trans Fat: 0 grams
MUFA: 0.5 grams
PUFA: 2 grams
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 39 mg
Carbohydrate: 8.5 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Protein: 1.5 grams
Vitamin A: 2%
Vitamin C: 5%
Happy, healthy eating!