If you’re an on-the-go person like me, you know having convenient and easy-to-prepare snacks are a must. As I mentioned in My Day of Eating post, I believe the key to long-term weight management is never letting myself get overly hungry. This means lots of healthy, smaller, yet filling meals throughout the day to keep my blood sugar and sweet cravings in check. Healthy fats, fiber, and protein are the super stars of my meals.
I have a major sweet tooth so I love finding ways to incorporate healthy indulgences into my day to keep me feeling satisfied both physically and mentally. One of my favorite snacks is chia pudding. Chia pudding flavor options are pretty limitless. I’ve experimented with chocolate, cinnamon, and pumpkin flavors. But, with summer quickly approaching, I’ve been really into fruity versions of this fulfilling snack. June is right around the corner so I wanted to share a recipe that includes one of the best parts of May, cherries!
These tasty little things have so many amazing benefits. They’re high in antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids (all of which have possible cancer fighting benefits). They also reduce inflammation, relieve joint aches and pains, potentially reduce recovery time between workouts, lower risk of stroke, and decrease belly fat! This recipe is also gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and can be dairy-free (see substitution note). Filled with other superfoods like chia seeds and blueberries makes this one hell of a nutritious and fueling snack!
I love making one big batch on Sundays and portioning it into portable Tupperware for easy grab-and-go scenarios. Chia pudding freezes really well and thaws nicely in the fridge so you don’t have to worry about it going to waste if you don’t get around to finishing all of them. Though, I can usually count on R to finish off any leftovers. Yes, it’s also a boyfriend/husband/male approved snack!
Verry Berry Cherry Chia Seed Pudding
Makes 4 servings
½ cup frozen or fresh cherries
½ cup strawberries
¼ cup blueberries
1 cup spinach (if desired)
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup 0% Greek yogurt (can omit or substitute for coconut/almond yogurt or even 1 tbsp coconut oil for the same creamy texture)
2 scoops Vanilla Vegan or all-natural 100% whey protein (if desired)
½ cup chia seeds
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender except chia seeds.
- Stir chia seeds into smoothie mixture.
- Divide into portioned Tupperware and let sit in refrigerator for at least 30-minutes before serving.
- Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Health and happiness,
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