One of the great misconceptions about healthy eating is that it isn’t satisfying. Unfortunately, when just thinking of making healthier changes, most people feel deprived. And, to be honest, when we dread something, we aren’t very likely to do it….self-defeating? Definitely!
This week I hope to change the way you think about healthy foods. They can taste great. In fact, they can even satisfy that sweet tooth. However, the best news is that while satisfying the sweet tooth, they also satisfy the nutritional needs of your body thus, cutting down on those resilient cravings; and overcoming the cycle of defeat!
What if I told you that it was possible to have a sweet, creamy, moderately high fat dessert with no guilt at all? Would you believe me? Well, the proof is in the pudding…Chia pudding that is! No pun intended!
Chia is an amazing little seed chalked full of omega 3 fats, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, protein and fiber (12gm/3Tbs!). When soaked in liquid, it swells into a gel-like pudding which enhances the ability to absorb its amazing nutrients. Chia puddings are delicious and nutritious. Even nutritious enough for breakfast!
Chia pudding recipes abound online. Finding one that fits your taste should be easy; but even more fun would be creating your own. Since the days are getting warmer, I chose a refreshing orange creamsicle recipe from: http://simplerootswellness.com/orange-creamsicle-chia-seed-pudding/
Healthy eating no longer has to be depriving. Celebrate your new lifestyle…and enjoy!
Orange Creamsicle Chia Pudding
1 Cup milk of choice (recipe used unsweetened almond milk)
½ Cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
¼ Cup Chia seeds
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Tart cherries (frozen or fresh)
1. Mix together milk, orange juice, orange zest and maple syrup.
2. Add chia seeds and mix well.
3. Pour into bowls or glasses and let sit 5-8 minutes.
4. Stir again and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
5. Top with chopped pecans, coconut flakes, chopped cherries and oranges.