Almond Butter & Raspberry Jam Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are one of those nutrition powerhouses! Just 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds provides:
- 2.1 grams ALA (an Omega 3)
- 4 grams insoluble fiber
- 2 grams protein
- Vitamins and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, and zinc
The insoluble fiber in chia seeds acts like a broom sweeping out the digestive tract. It also feeds the beneficial bacteria in your large intestine, and those beneficial bacteria help to reduce inflammation and enhance our immune health. Fiber also helps with blood sugar control.
Chia seeds contain minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium that help to keep your bones strong.
And the ALA in them, a form of Omega 3’s, help with heart health and high blood pressure. You’ll want to grind the chia seeds, though, to get the most benefit from these Omega 3’s.
If you’re not used to insoluble fiber, increase chia seed consumption slowly. Too much fiber, when you’re not used to it, can cause bloating, gas, and abdominal cramping.
This Chia Seed Pudding is a favorite breakfast of mine because it can be prepared in advance and then I just add the fruit and almond butter in the morning. Fresh raspberries are fantastic with it, but I don’t always have them on hand. Often I thaw a handful of blueberries (something that I always have on hand), and it is delicious as well!
Here’s the recipe: