This vibrant spinach & mango chia pudding is a great family-friendly way to bring veggies to the breakfast party. I've basically combined two of my favourite morning eats — green smoothies and chia pudding — into one nutritious and delicious recipe.
Popeye Pudding is packed with vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, fibre, protein and healthy fats. There is a reason for each and every ingredient, and they work together synergistically. For example, fat facilitates the absorption of vitamins A and K, both of which are abundant in spinach. Similarly, the vitamin C-rich mango helps the body absorb the non-heme iron from Popeye's favourite leafy green!
Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and are extremely nutrient-dense. They are rich in fibre, minerals, plant protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats.
In fact, a 2 Tbsp serving of chia seeds contains approximately 4 grams of protein and 12 grams of carbohydrate, of which 11 grams are actually fibre!
Unfortunately, the ALA fatty acids in chia seeds are not easily converted by our bodies into EPA & DHA, the omega 3s our bodies need. This means it is still important to consume omega 3-rich fish or take supplements with fish oils or vegan algae.
Popeye Pudding Recipe
Ingredients for 4 servings:
2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
1 cup diced frozen mango or pineapple (or substitute berries for low carb option)
1 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond or nut-free milk
Lakanto monk fruit sweetener, raw honey (nonvegan), or pure stevia, adjusted to taste (optional)
8 Tbsp white chia seeds
2 Tbsp shelled gluten-free hemp seeds
optional toppings: sliced banana, bee pollen, Brazil nuts and mixed seeds (here I used sesame, hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin), cacao nibs, toasted coconut flakes, etc.
Put spinach, mango, coconut milk, almond milk, and collagen/protein powder into a blender container and blend on high until well-mixed. Sweeten to taste.
Add chia and hemp seeds and pulse blend several times until combined.
Pour into a bowl or single-serving mason jars and seal tightly.
Let sit for 10 minutes, then whisk and cover or shake well and put in fridge overnight. In the morning, add toppings, serve & enjoy!
Popeye Pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.