Holly Darnell's Healthy Memorial Day Chia Seed Pudding

Holly Darnell knows a few things about simplifying healthy and delicious meals.  As a registered dietician, Holly provides healthy and nutritious meals to the 615 via her meal delivery service, Golden Roots Nashville.  We had the opportunity to sample Holly's chia seed pudding at an event recently, and we fell in love with the flavor.  Not to mention, the demo took nearly 5 minutes to complete! This recipe is super simple, super delicious, and super healthy, so we just had to have Holly share her recipe with you for this Memorial Day holiday!

(Read from Holly below)

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I find that the best things in life often come in the simplest form. And that is exactly how I like my food, where the ingredients speak for themselves. Food that can be minimalistic yet also personable. Enter: the chia seed pudding. It’s been having a moment in the food world, and I can absolutely see why. The ingredient list is short, the toppings are endless, and it’s delicious and Instagram worthy for your Memorial Day fun.

Not only is this recipe refreshing in the heat, but it’s also packed full of healthy goodies for our bodies. So let’s talk about the chia seed! Native to Central America, the small black seeds come from the plant called the Salvia hispanica, which is in the mint family. They take on a gelatinous texture when soaked in water or liquid, which is how they get the pudding-like consistency.

The gel-forming action of the chia seeds is due to the soluble fiber, which acts as a prebiotic and supports the growth of probiotics in your gut (hooray for good gut health!) Chia seeds also contain antioxidants which help fight free radicals (hello beautiful skin), omega-3 fatty acids (lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol and inflammation), and stabilize blood sugar while boosting energy and metabolism. We will take all of the above, please. Chia seeds can also be eaten raw and sprinkled on yogurt, cereal, fruit, and vegetables.

I love making my chia seed pudding different every time depending on what’s in season and my current mood. For a fun addition to your gathering, set up a DIY chia seed pudding bar with different toppings to showcase preferences and personality. This recipe is perfect for Memorial Day with all of the red/blue produce that’s in season.

          Red: watermelon/strawberries/cherries/raspberries

          White: fresh coconut/unsweetened coconut flakes/coconut whipped cream
          Blue: blueberries/blackberries/plums

One of the perks of this recipe is that it can be made a day ahead of time and only takes five minutes. Less prep time, maximum deliciousness, and more hang time with loved ones equals perfection for me. I so hope that you enjoy gathering together, celebrating and enjoying this healthy treat for all of your Memorial Day fun!

All the love,

Holly Darnell

(See recipe below)

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Chia Seed Pudding

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

- ⅓ cup chia seeds

- 2 cups almond milk

- 2 Tbs honey (or maple syrup if vegan)

- 4 Tbs almond butter (optional)

- ½ cup dried, shredded unsweetened coconut

- ½ tsp ground cinnamon

- ½ tsp vanilla

- toppings of choice: fresh fruit, granola, cacao nibs, coconut, etc

Directions:

  1. In a bowl or mason jar (preferably with a lid), whisk together chia seeds, almond milk, honey, almond butter, coconut, cinnamon and vanilla vigorously (about 2-3 minutes). You can also use a blender.

  2. Let it sit in the fridge overnight or 2-3 hours so the pudding can set.

  3. Serve chilled with preferred toppings. Eat and enjoy!