Chia – The Nutritional Super Seed!

Great things come in small packages, and the chia seed is one of them!
These tiny seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch, loaded with fibre, protein, plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, and plenty of antioxidants.

Seeds might not sound all that appetising or filling, but with the right ingredients, you can transform them into something delicious – even desserts!

Danijela from Healthy Always shows us how you can whip up something tasty and healthy in minutes!

This recipe for easy chia puddings is just as delicious as a nutritious breakfast as it is a decadent evening dessert.

When chia seeds are combined with a liquid they swell up to around 10-12 times their weight, to form a thick pudding-like consistency.

Chia pudding is great served alongside fresh fruit, chopped nuts or muesli – totally yummy!

My favourite thing about this recipe is how quick and easy it is to prepare. Simply pop all of the ingredients into a jar, give it a good shake and then let it sit in your fridge to thicken. Living healthy certainly doesn’t need to be tricky or time consuming – within minutes all the prep work for this pudding is done!

Chia Pudding


2/3 cup chia seeds

2 cups of milk (e.g. dairy, almond, rice)

1 tsp pure vanilla essence

1 tsp to 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup, to sweeten


1. Add all ingredients into a large mason jar and firmly screw on the lid. Give the jar a few good shakes to mix everything together.

2. Leave in the fridge for a few hours to thicken.

3. After a few hours the pudding should have thickened up nicely - feel free to add a little extra milk to loosen it up and make it more of a pudding consistency if it’s a little stiff. Spoon into a bowl and serve with fruit, yoghurt or muesli.

To learn more about how you can be healthy always, visit Danjela’s blog at Healthy Always.

Danijela is an Auckland-based Nutritionist who is hugely passionate about educating others on the power that food and positive lifestyle changes can have in restoring vitality, energy and providing a healthier, more balanced life. She spends her week divided between community and clinical nutrition, and blogs over at Healthy Always where she shares healthy recipes and wellness tips. She is an avid foodie and enjoys anything related to the preparation, making and sharing of food.

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