Chia seed pudding and Mango smoothie parfait

Hello everyone, as I’m coming up on the second semester of my sophomore year I am also starting a new major. I began my freshman year at Harding University as a vocal music major and quickly realized that it was not for me. My current major is Nutrition and Dietetics, with which I plan to become a registered dietician. I hope to be making a few posts per month as my busy student schedule permits. As the culinary section of peace farm organics my posts will include, but will not be limited to healthy desserts, meals, and snacks, what being healthy really means, information about nutrition as I continue my studies, and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while experiencing the complexities of every day.

Today’s post is my breakfast on a normal weekday. I made chia pudding, which is a simple combination of chia seeds and coconut milk. I also recommend trying other liquids with your chia seeds; other milk alternatives, fruit juices, cow milk. I usually add honey to my chia pudding but since today I am combining it with a smoothie I decided to omit the honey. My smoothie consists of frozen mango, half a banana, an avocado, almond milk, turmeric, and fresh orange juice.

Included in this post is a link to an interesting article about the many health benefits of chia seeds. In contribution to this article I would like to add some helpful hints as you read. First, RDI stands recommended dietary intake


Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients for the chia pudding:

  • chia seeds

  • coconut milk

Instructions:

Combine chia seeds with the coconut milk, seal, and shake. It’s probably bad but when I make chia pudding I always eyeball it and it has always turned out great. I would say the chia seed to liquid ratio would be about 3-4 tablespoons of seeds to 1 cup of liquid. It also depends on the consistency you want for your pudding. However, really do make sure you shake your pudding at least once within the first few hours so you don’t end up with a patch of dry seeds stuck at the bottom of your container.

The finished product!!

The finished product!!

Ingredients for the mango smoothie:

  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • half a banana

  • 1 avocado

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric

  • I added a few shakes of a hemp, flax, chia seed mix for an extra boost. This is not a necessity to the recipe at all.

Instructions:

Put it all in the blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.

For the combination of the smoothie and chia pudding, layer it however your heart desires. Add some granola or fresh fruit for a bit of extra flavor.

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