Everyone loves a good snack, but unfortunately when the “snack attack” comes we usually make poor choices and end up regretting it sometime later. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way and with a little preparation skills you can put together a healthy, delicious, and filling snack that will keep your body and brain sharp for at least a couple hours.
In this instance, I’m using some common nutrient dense foods like chia, hemp, and bee pollen to satisfy that craving and keep your energy and brain capacity up, rather than fighting sleepiness at work. It also can be used for kids lunches, as they love this snack and it will keep them more attentive during school hours.
Loaded with omega fatty acids, protein, fibre, probiotics, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, thiamine, manganese, and b-vitamins, you can’t really go wrong with this nutritious snack. It is beneficial for a healthy digestive and immune system, and is very helpful for regular bowel movements.
Now, let’s get to the details.
The purpose of this recipe is to help you create healthy snacks (or even breakfasts) to satisfy your tastebuds and your stomach, while keeping your body and brain balanced and productive for a couple hours. This requires the purest ingredients, which is why I’ve linked recommended sources.
- 4 tbsp of chia seeds
- 500 ml of almond or coconut milk (or dairy of your choice)
- 1/2 cup of blueberries (and/or raspberries are good too)
- 1-2 tbsp of hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp of bee pollen
- Optional: a few drops of stevia to sweeten
- Optional: a few drops of vanilla extract
- Put the chia seeds in a 500 ml glass container.
- Fill up container with milk of choice.
- Put on the container lid and shake the mixture to hydrate the chia completely, and do so again in about 5 minutes to keep the chia from clumping or sticking to the bottom or sides of the container.
- Once the chia starts to gel a bit, add stevia and vanilla extract (if using either) and shake again.
- Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes to become like pudding. Add more chia or milk if required to reach desired consistency.
- Once you have your desired consistency, split it out into smaller jars if desired (one cup of chia seed pudding can be very filling). Add blueberries and/or raspberries on top. If not using fresh, you can also gently warm up frozen berries in a small pot with some coconut oil, to add some more healthy fats to the mixture.
- Top with hemp hearts and bee pollen.
- Eat right away, or store in fridge for 3-5 days to grab as desired.