Monday Musings… New Year, Chia Pudding

Soon we will ring in a New Year. The hustle, bustle and beauty of Christmas is a memory, yet I hope that the true meaning of Christmas lives on in you, living in the grace of  the greatest gift of love that was given to us!

As I shared with you before I like to give food gifts. With the New Year upon us and so many people working on resolutions, how about giving a New Year gift in the form of a yummy start to the day, or an afternoon pick me up! Enter Chia Pudding mix. This little treat is full of goodness and health! I actually made a batch to give to my sister Cindy without a taste testing, (oops) but the recipe sounded good, and well I wanted to send her this little packaged goodness! She sent me a text Saturday saying she was enjoying it… with a little touch of maple syrup! So I had to make some for myself and yummo!

Chia pudding mix
Chia pudding mix

This recipe really could be quite adaptable to your taste, changing up the ingredients for flavors that you know are special to the one you are giving this too, or yourself. This is one of those food gifts you can feel good about sharing. Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3’s, give you a full feeling, therefore helping with weight loss, help with hydration and are a natural source of plant protein. You can find buckwheat groats at health food stores, they add a little extra goodness and a little crunch.

So you see this little gift can help inspire the receiver to enjoy a tasty breakfast or afternoon lift that will help keep them in line with a new year toward health and wellness and no guilt!

Mixing it all up!
Mixing it all up!

Chia MIX
1 cup (150g) chia seeds
¼ cup (40g) hemp hearts
¼ cup (45g) raw buckwheat groats
(not kasha)
¼ cup (30g) cacao nibs
¼ cup (40g) goji berries (or dried
cranberries, cherries or mulberries)
¼ cup (40g) raisins
pinch of sea salt

1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and
stir to mix. Store in a large, airtight container. If giving as a gift use a unique container or mason jar, make it fun!
2. Attach a gift card that says: “To prepare a serving,
combine 3 tablespoons of the chia pudding mix
with ½ cup of vanilla non-dairy milk (soy, almond,
coconut, etc.) and allow to sit 20 minutes to overnight.
Add sliced fruit to make it extra fancy.”
Makes 8 servings

Peace and Happy New Year!



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