Happy October! So today’s recipe combines the benefits of whey protein with two nutrition packed superfoods: chia seeds and pumpkin.
You’ve probably heard that using whey protein can help the body gain or protect muscle mass, recover faster, and help keep you full, potentially aiding in weight loss. However, you might not have heard of or maybe just haven’t tried chia seeds before. Chia seeds are extremely hydrating and naturally packed with tons of electrolytes. These electrolytes seep into chia gel which is formed when chia seeds come into contact with liquid. These tiny little powerhouse seeds are also known for their extremely high fiber content. Fiber is an important nutrient often missing in our diets; it aids in digestion and may help keep you full. Chia seeds are also considered a prebiotic, meaning they feed the healthy intestinal bacteria that keep digestion moving along normally. This is crucial since 80% of our immune system is in the gut! As if that wasn’t enough, chia seeds and pumpkin are loaded with antioxidants that help the immune system fight free radicals, protecting the body from heart disease and cancer. Specifically, pumpkin is packed with antioxidant Vitamin A which is essential for eye sight, healthy skin, and a strong immune system.
If you’ve never had chia seed pudding before you can expect something close to the consistency of a tapioca or rice pudding. This recipe can be used as a post-workout snack or use the larger portion for a healthy breakfast that tastes like your favorite fall dessert! Speaking of dessert, this pudding would also make a great healthy option to outsmart your sweet tooth.
The below recipe makes about 2-3 servings
• 2 scoops Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein
• ½ cup pumpkin puree (the puree not the pumpkin pie filling)
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
• ½ tbsp honey
• ¼ cup chia seeds
1. Whisk together Formulx Vanilla Natural Recovery Whey Protein, spice, honey and milk.
2. Add in puree and whisk until completely smooth.
3. Add in chia seeds and whisk until well combined.
4. Let chill in the fridge 8-10 hours.
5. Add more milk, honey/coconut sugar/desired sweetener (if it isn’t sweet enough for you) and fun toppings like dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds if desired!*
Nutrition Facts** (1/3 of recipe):
Calories 182, Fat 6g, Carbs 14g, Fiber 6.5g, Protein 17.5g
Daily Values’s: Vitamin A 131%, Vitamin C 14%, Calcium 25% Iron 47%
Nutrition Facts** (1/2 recipe):
Calories 273, Fat 9.4g, Carbs 20.9g, Fiber 9.8g, Protein 26.2g
Daily Value’s: Vitamin A 196%, Vitamin C 21%, Calcium 38%, Iron 70%
*I like to add less milk to begin with to make sure I get a nice thick pudding. I added about another ½ of milk to this recipe to make it nice and creamy.
**Nutrition Facts do not account for any toppings.