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Are you looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack option? Look no further than this chia and flaxseed pudding! This recipe is super easy to make and can be tailored to your own taste preferences. Plus, it’s packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber. So why not give it a try today?
Can you use flaxseed and chia seed together?
Chia and flaxseed are two superfoods that offer a host of health benefits. Both seeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, and they can be used in a variety of recipes. While chia and flaxseed can be used together, they each have unique properties that may make one seed better suited for certain applications than the other.
For example, chia seeds are known for their ability to absorb water and create a gel-like consistency, while flaxseeds tend to have a nuttier flavor. Ultimately, the decision of whether to use chia or flaxseed (or both!) in a recipe is up to the cook.
Chia and flax seed pudding benefits
Chia and flaxseed pudding is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. Made with chia seeds, flaxseed meal, and almond milk, this pudding is high in fiber and protein, to help keep you satisfied . It’s also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your heart health.
Chia Seeds Benefits
The benefits of chia seeds include:
- High amounts of mineral, vitamins and nutrients important for bone health like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein.
- Rich in antioxidants (1) which help fight the production of free radicals, reducing the risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
- Provide anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with chronic inflammation (2).
- Provide high amounts of fiber: 9.75 grams in each ounce
- Help manage good blood sugar management and improve insulin sensitivity.
Flax Seeds Benefits
Flax seeds are also chock-full of important nutrients that help improve health such as:
- Lignans, which may reduce the risk of cancer (3).
- Omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that have anti-inflammatory action, anti-oxidative capacity and lipid modulating properties (4).
- Fiber, which helps prevent constipation and improve digestive health.
- Soluble fiber, a gel-like fiber which helps improve cholesterol levels.
- Insoluble fiber, which helps maintain blood sugar levels stable.
How much flaxseed should you eat per day?
There are no specific recommendations for flaxseed intake, but 1-2 tablespoons a day is considered to be a healthy amount.
How much chia seeds should you eat a day?
There is no one answer to how many chia seeds you should eat each day. Some experts suggest eating 20 grams (about 2 tablespoons) of chia twice a day.
- Chia seeds
- Flaxseeds: Use ground flaxseeds instead of whole. Our body can’t easily break down whole flaxseeds.
- Milk of choice: For this particular recipe I used extra creamy oat milk, but you can definitely use any other you may like: cow milk, soy milk, coconut milk or cashew milk
- Sweetener of choice: I used brown sugar but you can use regular sugar, Stevia, Monkfruit, etc.
- Vanilla extract
- Sliced bananas and granola: You can use any topping of choice: nuts, dried fruit, chopped fresh fruit, dark chocolate shavings, etc.
How to make chia and flax seed pudding
The best part about this pudding is that it can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is grab it and go in the morning. Here’s how to make your own chia and flaxseed pudding:
Start by mixing together chia seeds, flaxseeds, and oat milk in a bowl. Then, add in your favorite sweetener (I like to use brown sugar or honey) and the vanilla extract. Stir everything together until it’s well combined, then let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes so the chia and flax seeds can start to absorb the liquid.
After 15 minutes, give the pudding another stir and then transfer it to a jar or container. Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours. In the morning (or whenever you’re ready to eat), top with your favorite fruits, nuts, or seeds. Enjoy!
How to store chia and flaxseed pudding
Chia and flaxseed pudding is a great option for make ahead breakfasts and meal planning. Make a batch and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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- Green Goddess Juice
Overnight Banana Chia and Flaxseed Pudding
- 1 cup oat milk (or any other milk of choice)
- 2 tbs chia seeds
- 2 tbs ground flax seeds
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Sliced banana, granola or any other topping of choice
- Mixing together chia seeds, flaxseeds, and oat milk in a bowl.
- Add in brown sugar and the vanilla extract. Stir everything together until it's well combined, then let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes so the chia and flax seeds can start to absorb the liquid.
- After 15 minutes, give the pudding another stir and then transfer it to a jar or container. Refrigerate overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
- Once it's ready, top with banana and granola (or your favorite fruits, nuts, or seeds). Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…