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Chia Seed Champion Pudding {Healthy Dessert for Kids}

With 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon. protein, omega 3 fats, iron, calcium, and magnesium; chia seeds are definitely a super food!  They are even better to include in your kids diet, especially those picky eaters that you may be concerned about getting all those nutrients!.

chia seed berry pudding.jpgA bit about Chia seeds:

  • Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds contains 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 2282 mg of Omega 3 and 752 mg of Omega 6 fatty acids (This makes them a really great source of both fiber and Omegas)
  • A significant concentration of fiber combined with their ability to absorb 10 times their weight in water also makes chia seeds excellent for maintaining regularity and also contributing to satiety
  • Contain iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc 
  • Emerging research suggests that including chia seeds as part of a healthy diet may help improve cardiovascular risk factors such as lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure

When we come across super foods like this, it's no wonder we want to find all the yummiest ways to serve them to our kids.  That's where chia seed pudding comes in.  Not only is this pudding our favorite way to eat these little seeds, I would literally eat it EVERY SINGLE DAY!   If you like tapioca, you are going to LOVE CHIA PUDDING!

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It's much easier than tapioca though- all you do is combine your chia seeds with some milk and a sweetener like honey.  We used the carton of coconut milk today- but almond milk and regular milk also work!

Then, you let the chia seeds do their job.  They absorb the liquid from the milk and thicken up to a pudding like texture.

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We included strawberries in one bowl, cocoa powder with coconut and almond in another, and blueberries in a third.

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Trust me when I say- this is AMAZING!!   Please try it with your kids and let us know what they think!

Other ways to include chia-

Chia Energy Bites Chia Energy Bites Coconut Chia Mango Pops
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Trouble Finding Chia?  Get it at Amazon!

Bob's Red Mill Chia Seeds

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Chia Seed Champion Pudding {Healthy Dessert for Kids}


Instructions

  • 1 cup milk, coconut milk, or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup sliced berries

Combine milk with chia seeds and honey.  Let sit in the fridge overnight until thickens.

Optional add ins

  • Coconut
  • cocoa powder
  • nuts

 

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Comments

Amy
08/22/2014 10:25am
I make this also and it is quick, easy and delicious. I also like to add old fashion oats, vanilla and maple syrup are some options to try.
08/26/2014 1:59pm
Amy- sounds great! I haven't tried it in oats yet, but I'm sure I'd love it!
Lee-Anne
08/22/2014 4:37pm
Hi...if I was to make the whole batch chocolate how much cocoa would I need to add. Thanks
08/26/2014 1:59pm
Lee-Anne- I don't like things too chocolatey, so I might not be the best resource for that. But, I added about 1/2 tabelspoon. 1 might be perfect.
Lee-Anne
08/29/2014 2:54pm
Thanks...I'll try it :)
Eileen Conrod
08/23/2014 5:48am
Why title it for kids when anyone can have it ?????
Melissa Shultz
08/27/2014 7:27pm
Might have something to do with the blog name!
Melissa Shultz
08/27/2014 7:28pm
This looks yummy. I really like the idea of adding chocolate and coconut. Thanks for the great recipe.
nancy
09/17/2014 2:14pm
I make this all the time, but skip the honey

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