As some of you may know, I love food and I’m always hungry! Sometimes when it gets busy at work, it may be hard to find time for a break to grab a snack and lunches can become quite rushed. In order for me to do my job well and take care of the health of my clients, I need to ensure that I am taking good care of my own health as well. That’s why I’m always looking for simple and healthier snack options!
My goals are to avoid snacks with high levels of refined sugar, sodium, preservatives, artificial flavours, trans fats and essentially ingredients that I can never pronounce on food labels. Currently, one of my favourite snacks to bring to work is chia seed pudding. They are filling, simple to prepare and easy to consume. Chia seeds are also a great source of fibre, healthier fats and proteins. Below are the ingredients and instructions on how to make my version of the matcha chia seed pudding.
Ingredients to make Matcha Chia Seed Pudding:
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- Tip: I haven’t seen any recipes mentioning this but if you use chia seeds chilled in the fridge, your pudding can be ready to serve in minutes! Most recipes using chia seeds in room temperature recommend setting the mixture aside for an hour or chilling the mixture overnight. I usually store my chia seeds in a small container in the fridge so that they are ready whenever I need them 🙂
~6-8 tablespoons of almond milk (in this picture I have one cup of milk because I was making a larger amount of pudding)
- I use an approximate 1:3 ratio of chia seeds to milk. Feel free to add more or less milk (or chia seeds) depending on the pudding consistency you prefer and instead of almond milk you can use any non-dairy milk you prefer.
1 teaspoon of matcha powder
1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or an alternative sweetener you prefer) – optional
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract – optional
Chopped/sliced strawberries and blueberries – optional toppings
Steps to make your Matcha Chia Seed Pudding:
- Add almond milk to matcha powder and whisk mixture to mix well. If you’re familiar with making matcha tea or matcha lattes, I whisk the mixture the same way as I would when making my matcha drinks.
- Add chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Let mixture rest for ~5-10 minutes until it settles into a pudding consistency (feel free to add more milk if desired). As you can see in the photos, I usually pour my pudding into a mini mason jar to make it easy to bring with me to work. I just buy my mason jars from the dollar store.
- Add strawberries, blueberries or any other toppings you prefer.
Hope you enjoy this snack! 🙂