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VANILLA BLUEBERRY CHIA PROTEIN PUDDING

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I absolutely LOVE this chia pudding. It tastes great, looks pretty, and just so happens to be packed with micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants), fibre, healthy fats, protein, and pre and probiotics, too. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Beautiful Bloobs

Blueberries are bursting with flavour and nutrition.  They are packed with amazing phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fibre.  They get their deep blue hue from anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants.  In fact, blueberries contain among the highest antioxidant capacities of all the commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.  These natural disease-fighting agents are believed to help in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and even cognitive impairment.

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Three Cheers for Chia

Chia seeds have a mild nutty taste and 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. I happen to like the texture of chia pudding, but for those of you who aren’t chia fans, this recipe works well blended, too!

Crazy For Kefir

Kefir is a fermented drink made from milk (dairy or nondairy, including soy, rice and coconut) or water.  This unique probiotic powerhouse has a yogurt-like taste and lots of immune-boosting and disease-fighting benefits.  It contains bioactive compounds that can improve gut & skin health, and may even help reduce the risk of cancer & allergy symptoms.  One compound found only in kefir, known as kefiran, has been found to fight against candida, a common yeast infection. For more info on probiotics & gut health, see website Food Joy page “The Gut Microbiome”.

Vanilla Blueberry Chia Protein Pudding Recipe

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 1 cup coconut or other milk-based kefir

  • 1 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk

  • 2 scoops Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla protein

  • 2 scoops blue spirulina powder (optional)

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • Lakanto monkfruit sweetener or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste (optional)

  • 1/2 cup white chia seeds

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

  • optional toppings: fresh berries, nuts and/or seeds, granola, coconut chips, bee pollen, or toppings of choice

Directions:

  1. Put kefir, coconut milk, protein powder, spirulina, and vanilla into blender container and blend on high until well-mixed. Sweeten to taste.

  2. Add chia seeds and pulse-blend until just combined. Alternatively, blend more if prefer a smooth pudding consistency. Stir in blueberries.

  3. Pour into bowl or single-serving mason jars and cover or seal tightly.

  4. Let sit for 10 minutes, then whisk or shake well. Cover and put in fridge overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours.

Vanilla Blueberry Chia Protein Pudding can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Serve with your choice of toppings.

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