2 STEP Chocolate Orange Chia Seed Pudding
Updated: May 24, 2018
As you will know if you follow me on Instagram (and/or are one of my clients!) I am a big fan of Chia seed puddings - they are super easy to make, prep the night before and you have a super quick breakfast the next day.
They are a great alternative to oats- generally speaking I recommend that if you are not training just before or just after a meal, that carbohydrate content should be kept low. Chia seeds are high in fibre and keep your blood sugar levels steady, meaning you will feel fuller for longer , your junk food cravings will be reduced and your energy levels will remain high.
Oranges are high in vitamin C; this has many uses including as an antioxidant, aiding in metabolism of certain carbs and in injury recovery. It also optimises iron uptake by the body- by as much as 65%- so perfect for the ladies out there who struggle with anaemia or generally have a low red blood cell count.
Just a quick note that although they are often touted as being high in omega 3, the form in which they exist in chia seeds isn’t easily absorbed by the body, so we don’t actually obtain much from them. If you want to increase your omega 3 intake, oily fish is always your best bet.
40g Chia seeds
30g Chocolate protein powder ( I use Awesome Supplements Vegan protein in Chocolate Salted Caramel flavour- but Casein and Whey also work well)
1 Medium orange
200ml Almond Milk
1tsp Vanilla extract
- Add the chia seeds and protein powder into a jar ( an old jam or peanut butter jar would be perfect, otherwise these type of jars are available in most supermarkets)
- Add the milk and the vanilla extract
Leave in the fridge overnight (or a minimum of 6 hours)
Carbs 27g ( mainly from the orange)
Let me know how you get on!
-If you don’t like orange- remove it and replace with a fruit you do like- strawberries would also work well here! I tend to add both :)
-Chia seeds can be increased or decreased- I advise adding 50ml milk for every 10g Chia seeds.
-Serve with the orange slices on the side – squeeze a couple of the slices into the pudding before eating. Alternatively a satsuma would also work well and would be even quicker!
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