Chia seeds pack a punch when it comes to nutrition. One ounce of chia seeds is equivalent to 18% of your daily calcium need. They are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. As you know, both dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids are used to help lower blood pressure and generally to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease). Start your day with this deliciously healthy chia seed parfait. You can make it the night before and let it sit over night, it will be the perfect breakfast! Just so you know, I am calling it a parfait because I like that word better than pudding. If you layer the fruit within it becomes more parfait-like! Enjoy!
5 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 cup of almond milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 dash of cinnamon
*Add as many blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and bananas as you like to top the parfait with or layer within the parfait, up to you!
Combine all of the ingredients and mix together. Place the parfait (sealed) in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours. To be honest, I take it out sooner to get started, because it is just so good! Check the texture of the parfait, and consume once you've reached your desired texture, you might want to add more almond milk or chia seeds depending on what you like. Option to serve with fresh fruit on top and an extra dash of cinnamon.
**You may need to consult your doctor if you eat this regularly, as it has been known to lower your blood pressure. If you take blood pressure medicine, consult your doctor.**