Paleo Keto Coconut Chia Pudding with Berries is filled with healthy fats from the coconut milk and chia seeds and tons of mood-boosting health benefits.
I love having already made snacks or breakfast in the fridge waiting for me, it makes me all giddy when waking up and gives me something to look forward to. This is a very basic recipe for creamy chia pudding, and I love that I can make a large batch and eat it throughout the week.
Chia is an incredible source of protein and omega three fatty acids, which are crucial for brain function and also great for mood disorders. Not only that but they are high in fiber also, making them a mega superfood.
MOOD DISORDERS + CHIA
Chia is full of tryptophan which is an amino acid that helps regulate appetite and more importantly improve your mood.
Research has shown that chia seeds are great superfood when it comes to fighting off those unwanted blues. Remember that omega -three fats can help in fighting depression and mood swings, it has been shown that low levels of omega -three fatty acids can trigger mental and emotional disorders.
+ when I started the process of getting off my medication for bipolar disorder the psychiatrist that was helping me, found out that I had low levels of EPA and DHA. Keeping those levels high and balanced is something I strive for all the time, and definitely has played a huge role in balancing out my mood.
So I truly believe that chia seeds and more importantly omega- three fatty acids play a huge role in our mental health and overall health.
Not only is this chia pudding really good for you but it also tastes amazing and leaves you satisfied for hours. I like topping mine with some fresh fruit, maybe some nut butter to switch up the flavor profile.
BASIC CHIA PUDDING
makes 6 servings
1 cup of chia seeds
1 cup of full-fat coconut milk
2 cups of almond milk or any other nut milk of choice
1/4 tsp of salt
1 T of vanilla extract
1 T of lemon zest and orange zest
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of maca
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well combined. I recommend stirring with a whisk. Cover and place in the fridge for 45 min or overnight.
SOME ADD IN IDEAS + SOME TOPPING INSPO
CHOCOLATE NUT BUTTER
3 T of cacao powder
3 T of sunflower seed butter
2 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of ground ginger, cardamom, and additional cinnamon
some black pepper
1 mashed banana
2 T of nut butter of choice
Nuts + seeds