My son and I have gotten into a bit of a summer weekday routine that I absolutely love– we go up the road to a local park, and he points to dogs and waves from his jogging stroller while I run a few miles around the lake. Then, we go to the playground, and he explores and climbs and plays and everything else that little boys do!
When we come home, he usually eats some lunch and passes out. Then it’s mom time. This is when I normally make myself some food and work on a recipe I’ve been thinking about. I tend to keep a pretty low carb diet on the weekdays, without being too strict about it, so I’m always looking for low carb, filling snacks and lunches that I can look forward to eating when my son goes down for his nap.
This chia seed pudding is the perfect post-run snack for a hot day. It’s refreshing and light while still filling me up for a couple of hours until dinner. The only difficult thing is remembering to prep it the night before because the chia seeds are best if they’ve soaked in the pudding overnight. Other than that, this recipe is so easy and so delicious.
Start by combining all of the ingredients, except the chia seeds, in a small bowl. Whisk together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated. If you would like, you can use vanilla greek yogurt instead of plain, you would just need to adjust the amount of maple syrup to taste.
Add the chia seeds and stir. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and the come back to stir again, just to make sure all of the chia seeds are separated from one another and incorporated into the mixture.
Now, cover the pudding and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. The chia seeds will plump up and this will be the perfect breakfast or post-workout snack when you wake up! I always top with berries and nuts because it adds such a dynamic texture to the pudding.
Chia Seed Pudding
3 tbsp chia seeds (Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Black Chia Seeds, 2.5 Pounds)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Fresh fruit and nuts for topping
Combine milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
Add chia seeds and stir. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then stir again.
Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight.
Before serving, taste to see if you want to add another teaspoon or so of maple syrup. Top with fresh berries and or nuts.