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Chia pudding – pregnancy/ postpartum breakfast & snack

I am often asked by many pregnant and postpartum women – what can I have for breakfast that is easy and nutritious ? Chia seed pudding is perfect (and so are eggs…more on them here).

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Fabulous chia seeds

Chia seeds are unique as they have an ideal balance of soluble and insoluble fibre – meaning they are awesome at regulating bowel movements (which can often be a challenge during pregnancy and post birth !!!). Chia seeds are also loaded with minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Chia seeds also provide perfect omega 3 fats (but they don’t contain DHA – learn more why DHA is essential during pregnancy –  here ).

How to use chia seeds

  • Add chia Seeds to your favourite smoothies like this one and this one
  • Mix chia seeds into yoghurt or apple sauce
  • Make chia seed pudding – so easy, recipe below !

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Chia seed pudding recipe

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of chia seed with 3 oz / 85 grams of unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • Add other ingredients for extra flavour such as – maple syrup or stevia, cinnamon, vanilla extra, honey or cacao)
  • Let it sit for 5 – 10 mins or overnight
  • Top with your favourite toppings including – healthy granola, cacao nibs, berries, pineapple or fruits of choice !

Tips :

  • Double or triple the chia seed pudding recipe and store your pudding in jars in the fridge ready for an easy breakfast. Should keep for up to 3 days.
  • Make sure you store any un-used chia seeds in the fridge or freezer – especially if ground. They contain unsaturated fats that can easily go rancid. If you are unsure about what foods to avoid during pregnancy because of bacteria / listeria risk – read my blog post here.

Get confident on nourishing yourself effectively during and after pregnancy. Grab my complimentary nutrition guide here and check out my other recipes here.

xx

 

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