Creamy Chia Pudding made with coconut milk and sweetened with dates makes a great post-operative snack. Here’s why: It fills you up with clean fiber and healing omega 3, both essential for post-operative recovery. Last Friday instead of enjoying ‘Family Movie Night’ I was in the ER, struggling with excruciating pain which eventually led to an appendectomy – hence the “pudding all week” diet. When you have surgery, the one thing you DO NOT want to do is to strain your bowel movement since that can complicate the stitches. However, most pain meds and the fact that you did have surgery tend to make you constipated, calling for more fiber. I am not a huge fan of Metamucil, Citruceal etc. and prefer natural fiber. After I got tired of steel-cut oats I turned to chia pudding and now am absolutely hooked on it. Super easy to make: Soak the chia seeds in milk, add some fruit and natural sugar and you have a creamy tapioca type pudding that is a pure pleasure to eat. Chia seeds swell up and become like soft tapioca beads and make a soft, moist pudding. You can add it to smoothies and bubble tea too. I tried chia pudding several ways but my favorite so far is to mix it with coconut milk and dates. Dates sweeten it enough that you don’t need sugar, but you can add a dribble of maple syrup if you want. My kids were eating my chia pudding! It was that yummy and knowing that I am pumping my system and theirs with healthy fiber and omega 3, sure doesn’t hurt. If you’re looking for ways to add more fiber to your diet try chia pudding! Like me, you’ll fall in love with it! Who says healthy can’t be tasty !! Best of all it’s a ‘No Cook’ raw pudding !
Chia seeds add a powerful punch to every serving. Just 1 tbsp. had 6 grams of fiber, three grams of protein and about 3 grams of omega 3. Omega 3 is super brain food and has so many health benefits. Impressive huh! It takes just 1 tbsp of chia seeds to make one serving of chia pudding. Coconut milk has healthy fat that is burned as fuel as soon as it is ingested. Dates are a powerhouse of iron and fiber. All in all, a healthy fiber packed Chia pudding that tastes yumm !