chocolate chia seed pudding {yum!}

oh chia seeds.  i have declared my love for these little seeds a while back but had gotten out of the habit of eating them.  this week, i found my bag and went to town. the husband picked on me at first but now he is a believer.  they are easier to digest than flax seeds and have more benefits.  they absorb 10 times their weight in water to help you feel fuller and reduce food cravings.  plus they are the richest plant source of omega-3s, even more than salmon!

i mix them in smoothies and in yogurt, everyday.  there isn’t any taste but a little crunch.  i love it!  it is fun to watch them grow and grow when i put them into my smoothies.  last night i wanted to make a little something special for the husband.  i personally, love the rainy, cloudy weather.  seattle and me would get along.  the husband, on the other hand, needs the sun.  since we haven’t seen the sun since sunday {and still no sight} he had been feeling a little down.  typically, i would go to the chocolate chip cookies.  but i really wanted to make a “treat” that had health benefits.  a quick search later, i found chocolate chia seed pudding.

the recipe:

2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk {or your favorite dairy alternative}
2 tbsp agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup or stevia to taste {i used maple syrup}
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla

mix all the ingredients together. it may take a little time to incorporate the cocoa, but eventually it will. after everything is mixed, cover and leave on your counter for at least 20 minutes before enjoying. or you can leave it in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next day. the chia seeds continue to absorb the liquid they are in, so you may need to water your pudding down with some more almond milk if you leave it till the next day. you can top your pudding with fresh fruit or just eat it plain.

the consistency was like tapioca pudding and it was super tasty.  success!

since counting calories, strictly, dinners have been a lot of “fend for yourself” nights.  i typically will make a green smoothie for the both of us and then the husband will eat something else on his own.  one meal that i found that is super easy to pull together and under 400 calories is a stir fry.  i chop up 1 onion, 2 bell peppers {the more colorful the better}, 4 sausage link {i keep the flavors of this dish different but switching up the sausage. last night this was bison with jalapeño and the last time it was chicken with apple and maple.  no matter the flavor, make sure you read the ingredients and buy sausage that has been minimally processed.  if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.}, a little garlic and thats it.  sometimes i add a can of white beans if i have calories to spare.

super healthy dinner that is super quick.  if i am cooking, this is mostly likely what i have made.