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Chia Pudding is Perfect for Breakfast and Desserts! Here Are Some Delicious and Easy Recipes For You To Try

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Chia Pudding is Perfect for Breakfast and Desserts! Here Are Some Delicious and Easy Recipes For You To Try

Ever felt guilty while reaching for another rich dessert? Or struggled to find time to eat a healthy, tasty breakfast in the morning?

Yes?

Then you need to try Chia Pudding.

    This unusual pudding is made from chia seeds and a liquid of your choice. When added to water, the seeds form a gel, and the finished pudding resembles a mousse or yoghurt.

    It’s healthy, easy to prepare and can be customised to suit your tastes – so it’s not surprising that this little pudding is becoming extremely popular.

    Make chia pudding once, and we guarantee you’ll be hooked.

    5 Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds

    Wondering exactly what these weird sounding seeds are, and why you should be eating them?

    We’re here to let you know.

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    Chia seeds have loads of health benefits, and we’ve listed some of the most significant below.

    1. They’re low in calories.

    One ounce of chia seeds contains only 137 calories, making them an excellent choice if you’re looking to lose weight. Calorie for calorie, chia seeds contain many more nutrients than lots of other foods, so they’ll definitely be a better dessert choice than that bar of chocolate or slice of cake.

    2. They’re high in fibre.

    Chia seeds are high in fibre, which aids digestion and can help you to lose weight. If you struggle to get enough fibre in your diet, adding a handful of chia seeds to your breakfast is an easy way to get more.

    3. They contain plenty of antioxidants.

    Chia seeds have been found to contain lots of antioxidants, including quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin [1].

    Antioxidants can help slow and prevent cell damage, keeping your body functioning the way it should. Getting antioxidants from your diet is much more effective than taking supplements, so chia seeds are a great choice.

    4. They’re high in protein

    Chia seeds contain high amounts of protein, with only 2 tablespoons packing in a whole 4 grams of protein [2]. They’re a particularly goo d option if you don’t eat animal products and struggle to get enough protein from plant-based sources.

    5. They contain omega-3 fatty acids

    Chia seeds are high in omega-3, which is usually found in fish. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, eating chia seeds is an excellent way to stock up on the fatty acid that you might otherwise be lacking. Milled chia seeds are best when it comes to helping your body absorb omega-3.

    How to Make a Basic Chia Pudding

    Making chia pudding seriously could not be easier. Try out the super-basic recipe below.

    Ingredients

    3 cups of milk (any kind will do)

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    1/2 cup chia seeds

    1 tablespoon sweetener (try sugar, maple syrup or agave nectar)

    Method

    1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

    2. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight if you’re making breakfast).

    3. Remove from the fridge and add toppings of your choice. You could try fruit, nuts and seeds)

    4. Enjoy!

    Top Ten Chia Pudding Recipes

    1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

      Craving unhealthy peanut butter cups? Make this decadent-sounding chia pudding instead.

      2. Chia Pudding with Berry Layers

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        This berry-layered chia pudding is packed full of fruit, making it a wonderful summer breakfast option.

        3. Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding

          This chocolate orange chia pudding is really simple to make, but packs a big flavour punch. Try replacing chocolate orange with this healthy pud.

          4. Coffee Chia Pudding

            Ever wish you could turn your coffee into a healthy dessert? With this tasty pudding you can – it even includes a ‘frothy’ whipped cream top.

            5. Lemon Curd Chia Pudding

              The fresh, tangy flavours of lemon combine with creamy chia to make this vibrant dessert. Perfect for hot days.

              6. Matcha Chia Pudding

                If you like matcha green day, then this is the pudding for you. It’s packed full of nutrients and will have you feeling amazing.

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                7. Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding

                  If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you’ll love this pudding. All of the flavour of ice cream, with way more nutrients and nowhere near as many calories.

                  8. Apple Pie Chia Pudding

                    Perfect for autumn and winter, this apple pie chia pudding should bring up cozy childhood memories.

                    9. Strawberry Shortcake Chia Pudding

                      This fun, fresh pudding is ideal for kids – or anyone who loves strawberries. Serve in glass jars for the best effect.

                      10. Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding

                        With only 5 ingredients, this pudding is extremely easy to make, but looks decadent enough to serve at a dinner party. Use frozen raspberries for extra convenience.

                        Try chia pudding today, and you’ll never be stuck for a healthy breakfast or tasty dessert again.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Chia UK: Antioxidants in Chia Seeds
                        [2] BodyBuilding.com: Super Seed: The Case For Chia!

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                        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                        The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                        Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                        There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                        Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                        Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                        Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                        Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                        1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                        2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                        3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                        4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                        5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                        Now on to the checklist!

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                        Here is how your checklist should look

                        1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                        • Tent, poles, stakes
                        • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                        • Extra tarp or canopy
                        • Sleeping bag for each camper
                        • Sleeping pad for each camper
                        • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                        • Pillows
                        • Extra blankets
                        • Chairs
                        • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                        • Lantern
                        • Lantern fuel or batteries

                        2.  KITCHEN

                        • Stove
                        • Fuel for stove
                        • Matches or lighter
                        • Pot
                        • French press or portable coffee maker
                        • Corkscrew
                        • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                        • Food-storage containers
                        • Trash bags
                        • Cooler
                        • Ice
                        • Water bottles
                        • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                        • Cups, mugs
                        • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                        • Cutting board
                        • Foil
                        • soap
                        • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                        • Paper towels
                        • Extra bin for washing dishes

                        3. CLOTHES

                        • Clothes for daytime
                        • Sleepwear
                        • Swimsuits
                        • Rainwear
                        • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                        • Extra layers for warmth
                        • Gloves
                        • Hats

                        4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                        • Sunscreen
                        • Insect repellent
                        • First-aid kit
                        • Prescription medications
                        • Toothbrush, toiletries
                        • Soap

                        5. OTHER ITEMS

                        • Camera
                        • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                        • Maps, area information

                        This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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