It only takes one little ingredient to turn your been-there-done-that morning smoothie into something exciting and new: chia seeds. Don’t let their size fool you: The teensy superfood is packed with good-for-you nutrients, including heart-healthy fats.
You might already know about this, but just in case, let’s review the awesomeness that is the moistened chia seed: When you mix a serving of chia seeds with a liquid and let it sit for a while, the seeds gelatinize and take on a pudding-like consistency. This trick is one of the seeds’ best superfood superpowers, because it helps fill you up faster and keep you satisfied until lunch.
Now that you have this whole chia seed pudding thing down, you can follow in the well-fed footsteps of people who are using chia pudding to take their smoothies to the next level. Or maybe they’re using smoothies to take their pudding to the next level? Hmm… Life’s greatest mysteries, amirite?
Instead of just tossing some seeds into your morning mix, the key is giving them time to expand in the fridge first. This can either be done overnight while you sleep or in the morning if you’re not in a rush. Once you combine your smoothie with the chia pudding, prepare yourself for a delicious transformation as your breakfast becomes dessert.
Still doubtful? Just look at these beauts: