When we’re in a hurry to make a hearty breakfast in the morning, or when we’re craving a snack that's out of the ordinary, it can be hard to eat a tasty and balanced meal. Fortunately for us, chia puddings are here to help!
It's no accident that we invented a chia pudding that's ready in just 5 minutes! From Mexico and Guatemala, Chia seeds have been consumed around the world for hundreds of years, mainly because of the multiple nutrients they contain and their versatility. We can add them to our favourite recipes, sprinkle them on our salad or yogurt, add them to our morning granola or even make a pudding out of them! Chia seeds are rich in fibres and constitute a good source of protein and even contain an appreciable amount of polyunsaturated fats and omega-3s. They are also packed with a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and vitamins B (B1, B2 and niacin).
Fibres and proteins play an important role in our satiety. Satiety is that feeling of not being too full or too hungry after a meal. It is the signal our body sends us to stop eating. Chia seeds (with the fibres and proteins they contain) allow us to reach our satiety more quickly!
Moreover, the proteins contained in chia seeds are complete proteins, meaning that they contain all 9 amino acids essential for human health. This is an advantage, since the majority of plant-based foods contain proteins that are often incomplete (such as nuts, peanut butter, brown rice, etc.). Chia is therefore one step ahead of most plant-based foods!
As for the omega-3 contained in chia seeds, no studies to date have yet shown that they have a direct effect on human health. However, the results are promising since omega-3s are generally associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and inflammation, as well as a good cognitive function.
When it comes to food, the quickest is not generally better. But in the case of chia pudding, this saying applies perfectly! Ready in only 5 minutes, Chiamigos ready-to-go puddings contain 3 times more protein than homemade puddings and almost twice as much omega-3. This makes it easier to meet our daily requirements for these nutrients. They also contain over 80% less carbohydrates. With nearly 6 to 7 grams of sugar per serving, it's perfect for people living with diabetes. And for those living with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, those puddings are also a great option. You do not have a particular health condition and you only want to try new foods and new flavours? Ready-to-go chia puddings are the way to go. You can also personalize this super breakfast by adding your favourite toppings.
This article was written by TeamNutrition’s dietitian and nutritionists. Their team offers nutrition consultations online and in over 80 offices across Canada, including Toronto.