Along with most everyone else in the world, I've been making a solid effort to eat healthier in 2015. There have been a few days where I've gotten off the wagon (hey, I've been out of town almost every weekend thus far!), but after a trip to Trader Joe's this week where I stocked up on superfoods, I'm feeling pretty good. I used this list from The Everygirl as a guide and am now using a notebook where I keep track of what food I currently have and what recipes I can make with said food. A little over the top Type A never hurt anyone, right?
One of the areas I really need to work on is sweets and I've trying to come up with ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without snacking on candy and baked goods all the time. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding has been one of the best recipes I've tried. It incorporates two of the 17 ingredients on The Everygirl Superfood List and doesn't taste like a health food of an actually delicious food. It requires making it ahead of when you actually want to eat it, but luckily this recipe makes a few servings so you can keep it in the fridge for several days.
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
1/4 cup chia seeds*
1 cup almond milk*
2 tablespoons cocoa powder*
1 tablespoon agave nectar*
Mix together chia seeds and cocoa powder. Add almond milk. Stir until there are no clumps left. Add in agave nectar. Stir. Let sit for a few minutes and stir again. Repeat this process several times over the course of about 20 minutes. Refrigerate in an air tight container for at least 2 hours - I prefer to let it sit overnight. The mixture will firm up into a pudding like consistency. Serve chilled and enjoy!
This is a super simple and yummy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding recipe that I can whip up before I go to bed to have for the next day, but if you have more time on your hands when you're in the kitchen, you can of course get a little fancier with your recipes. This recipe from Oh She Glows uses dates to sweeten the pudding and I'm intrigued by this coconut laced recipe from Kitchen Treaty. Let me know if you have any favorite chia seed recipes I should know about!
* I use the chia seeds and unsweetened almond milk from Trader Joe's. The links I used for the agave nectar and cocoa powder are the same ones I actually use, but obviously you can get them in smaller amounts from the grocery store!