Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients with very few calories. All the carbs are actually from fiber, and most of the fats are Omega-3s. Chia is a true superfood all in a tiny seed, packed with antioxidants: Fiber, Protein, Omega-3’s, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
Look for brands that have even more protein, such as Tresomega Organic @ 3 grams per tablespoon (used in this recipe). Chia seeds can be added to your baking for added protein, or sprinkled into yogurt as a crunchy topping. In this recipe, no starch or dairy is used for the pudding, and the seeds make the liquid congeal after a few hours in the fridge.
- ½ cup Chia Seeds (24g, 480c)
- 1 cup soymilk (10g, 140c)
- 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (28c)
- 2 packets artificial sweetener
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nuke in microwave for 20 seconds. Mix mixture well. Nuke for another 20 seconds and mix, making sure the coffee has dissolved. Refrigerate for three hours or overnight.
Yields: 2 pudding cups, 4 ounces each, 17 grams protein, 174 calories