Brooklyn Nutrition Coach: Healthy Dessert – Chia Seed Pudding

With Brooklyn Nutrition Coach we’ll be giving you our favorite (easy to make) recipes, as well as thoughts and ideas about eating and nutrition in general. Nutrition can be a complicated subject – Brooklyn Nutrition Coach will give you a chance to better understand a wide range of nutrition topics (from basic nutrition science and our favorite Brooklyn Nutrition Coach recipes to different diet theories and our favorite places to get our hands on fresh food in Brooklyn). Best of all Brooklyn Nutrition Coach will give you easy to follow information on healthy eating and cooking in Brooklyn. If you’re in the area, come in and say hello and find out more about Brooklyn Nutrition Coaching  in Prospect Heights – Pura Vida Urban Fitness: 184 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn NY.

Sarah Pachelli, yoga instructor at Pura Vida Urban Fitness, has a passion for healthy cooking. She recently shared this amazing recipe with Pura Vida Urban Fitness for our Brooklyn Nutrition Coach section. Give it a try!


I’m obsessed with chia seeds. Not only are they super-fun with their tapioca-esque transformative powers, they also have a myriad of health benefit: they’re loaded with Omega 3s (the elusive Omega of which most of us are deficient, not to be confused with the oft-received Omegas 6 and 9); they’ve tons of amino acids (more protein than any other seed or grain); they stabilize blood sugar (making them great for diabetics); they’re easier to digest than flax seeds (no need to grind ‘em up as they, shall we say, “pass through” effortlessly); they’re energizing (the word “chia” comes from a Mayan word meaning strength); and they promote weight loss (a little goes a long, metabolism-boosting way). Beyond all these perks (and many more!), they simply taste really good. Especially in pudding form. Especially with some chocolate. Especially after a long day of doing who-knows-what.

You’ll need:

- 1/4 cup chia seeds

- 1 1/4 cup milk (From an animal, a nut, a bean, a grain, whatever you like.)

- 1 tbsp cacao powder

- 6 drops SweetLeaf Vanilla Creme flavored stevia (You could, of course, use unflavored stevia or any other natural sweetener you like.)

You’ll do:

1) Whisk milk, cacao and stevia in a small bowl.

2) Add the chia seeds and stir until it’s incorporated.

3) Let stand at room temperature for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. The chia seeds will plump up like tapioca.

4) Cover, refrigerate and enjoy when the pudding is cool. * I topped my pudding with unsweetened coconut flakes and raw cacao nibs.


We want to know what you think once you’ve given it a try! Post in the comments section or come on in and say hello (184 Underhill Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238).

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