Chia Pudding

Since we're back home from traveling so much, I've been on a super health kick lately to shed those excess pounds from eating/drinking over the past couple of months. I try to run a few times a week but even that's not cutting it for me lately! I'm already a vegetarian but I try to strive and eat as cleans as possible and by cooking my meals at home, I've found that its more attainable than by eating out at "healthy" restaurants. One thing I'm trying to eliminate from my diet is excess sugar. It's everywhere and it's so hard to combat it! But every now and then I get that sweet tooth craving and I'm scrambling to find something sweet to eat. 

Enter this amazing chia pudding! 

I've been a huge fan of chia pudding for some time and for good reason! Chia seeds are a natural super food that goes great in everything like; pudding, smoothies, and acai bowls. This chia pudding has helped me immensely whenever I feel a craving coming on. To make it more sugar free and vegan, I only use natural maple syrup in the recipe (of which I use a small amount for sugar control) and I swap out milk with almond milk. 

Even better, this recipe only takes 5 MINUTES to make! 

Ingredients
Serves 2

2 cups of almond milk (coconut milk would work as well!)

1 tsp of pure, organic maple syrup

1/4 cup of chia seeds 

Simply mix all your ingredients in a mason jar and give it a good shake to mix everything together! If you like a fuller, creamier pudding, add another tablespoon of chia seeds to the mixture. Let is sit in your refrigerator for 8 hours until it has congealed together. 

This is such an incredibly easy recipe and I typically make it on Sundays so I can enjoy it that Monday at work. It's a very custom recipe as well because you can add in other flavors like chocolate or top it off with berries, banana, or nuts to give it even more flavor! I'll have to make a new batch up soon with fresh berries now that they're in season!

I can't describe how happy it makes me to be back on my normal work out and eating routine now that I'm back home. I've been thinking a lot recently about the food that goes into our bodies and how it's so important to eat healthy, organic foods and to exercise regularly. I've been a vegetarian for 3 years now but lately I'm thinking it's not enough to just abstain from meat and I'm thinking about starting to cut back on dairy as well. 

Have you ever made chia pudding before? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!