We can’t think of a better way to start our mornings than this delicious and satisfying chia pudding. Make the pudding the evening before and wake up to gourmet happiness! Plus, the pudding contains three of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods out there. Turmeric, ginger, and chia: these foods help lower inflammation at the root of many of our menopausal symptoms. Adding this pudding into our routine can start us on the way to feeling better.
The omega-3s in chia seeds boost our feeling of fullness after a meal and are also linked to lower rates of overweight. Their high protein content can help us continue to build muscle as opposed to fat. And chia can also help us detox harmful substances. Since it “blooms” in the liquid and becomes slightly gelatinous, it can clear out and support our digestive tract. We do better in menopause when we absorb all the nutrients we are getting in our healthy diets. To learn more about all of this, please check out our 12-week Sage Menopause Strategies program.
This pudding is a surprisingly easy, and yet decadent-tasting, breakfast. Since we think a bit of meal prep is key to making healthy menopause eating easier, this one fits the bill. After you combine the coconut milk and the chia seeds and refrigerate, stir it again after 15 minutes–to distribute the chia seeds well. Then you can leave it and forget about it until morning. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the de-LICIOUS breakfast awaiting you.
- 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 can coconut milk unsweetened (not Trader Joe's brand)
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp. maple syrup
- 4 strawberries diced
- 1/2 orange diced
- Open coconut milk--if it is separated, either pour into a bowl to whisk, or into your blender and combine until coconut milk is smooth. This will make your pudding much smoother!
- Combine all chia pudding ingredients in a glass jar, and shake well. Refrigerate. Check after 10-15 minutes and shake well again or stir to get the chia seeds off the bottom of the jar. Then you should be good to go. Leave in the fridge over night.
- Serve plain, or with berries and orange bits on top. Or you can combine with a smoothie for a fun combo.