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Mar 22, 2016

Recipe: Super Easy Rainforest Chia Pudding (plus the benefits of Spirulina)

One of the easiest meal prep ideas you can ever incorporate into your routine is chia pudding.  It's absurdly easy to make, and in five minutes you can make yourself a bunch of different chia puddings to leave in the refrigerator for your week.  I tend to make 5 chia puddings at once to pop in the fridge, and then I take them out when I'm ready to eat and top them with fresh fruit.  My general rule for chia pudding is this: 1 cup Almond milk + 3 tbsp of chia seeds.
It's so simple!  After that you can get creative and add whatever sort of deliciousness you want.  Throw in some nut butter, or your favorite protein powder or edible beauty powder, or, like I have done here, toss in some spirulina!  Spirulina is a blue-green algae that you usually find in powder form in any health food store.  It's a great source of amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin A, and tons of other good stuff.  The best part about it, in my opinion, is that if you don't overdo it, it basically tastes like nothing.  IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE IT LOOKS!  There's nothing overly green-tasting about it.  This is not like making a smoothie with kale, folks.  The benefits of spirulina aren't just for the body though.  The skin loves some spirulina as well, so I like to use this Spirulina Toner from EmerginC Scientific Organics.  It balances skin PH and improves overall skin tone with spirulina, white tea, aloe, green tea, kombucha, and tons of other great ingredients.  If you're getting your spirulina fix on the inside, you might as well use it on the outside too!
For my super easy "rainforest" chia pudding, the prepwork tastes less than five minutes.  Just make your chia pudding and sit in the fridge overnight.  In the morning when you're ready to eat, top with fun, fresh fruits.

Rainforest Chia Pudding 

3 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 cup Almond Milk (or favorite nut milk)
1 teaspoon Spirulina Powder 

Optional Toppings:
1/4 cup Coconut Yogurt
Sweetener, such as honey or agave

Directions: Mix chia seeds, almond milk, and spirulina powder in a mason jar or tupperware.  Leave in fridge overnight.  In the morning, when you're ready to eat, top with fresh fruit and/or coconut yogurt.  I find that I don't need any sweetener when I top with fresh fruit, but a tablespoon of honey never hurt anyone.  Sub the honey for agave if you're vegan.   

Important note: don't use more than 1 teaspoon or Spirulina Powder.  When used in the appropriate amounts, the powder has hardly any taste, but if you use too much it can be quite pungent.  

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