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Nourishing Chia Pudding for Pregnancy



Chia seed pudding is a tasty and healthy snack that's perfect for pregnancy! Not only is it packed with essential nutrients, but it's also quick and easy to make. In this recipe, created by Ottawa Prenatal Nutritionist Julia Davie, you will learn how to make a delicious and nutritious chia seed pudding that's safe and beneficial for both you and your growing baby.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or other milk of choice)

  • 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Fresh fruit, nuts, and/or coconut flakes for topping (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large mason jar, combine the chia seeds, almond milk, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Mix or shake well to combine.

  2. Place the lid on the jar and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. The chia seeds will absorb the liquid and thicken to create a pudding-like consistency.

  3. Once the pudding is set, give it a good stir to make sure there are no clumps of chia seeds.

  4. Divide the pudding into individual servings and top with your favorite fresh fruit, nuts, and/or coconut flakes. Some great topping options include sliced strawberries, blueberries, almonds, and shredded coconut.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Benefits of Chia Seeds During Pregnancy:

Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that's rich in a variety of essential nutrients that are important for both you and your growing baby. Here are some of the key benefits of including chia seeds in your pregnancy diet:

  1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain and eye development in your growing baby.

  2. Fiber: Chia seeds are high in fiber, which can help regulate digestion and prevent constipation during pregnancy.

  3. Calcium: Chia seeds are also a good source of calcium, which is important for building strong bones and teeth in both you and your baby.

  4. Protein: Chia seeds contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source that can help support your baby's growth and development.

Give this recipe a try and enjoy all the benefits that chia seeds have to offer! This recipe was created by Ottawa Doula, and Ottawa Prenatal Nutritionist, Julia Davie. Whether it be through prenatal nutrition and meal planning, or Ottawa birth doula services, Julia aims to support individuals and families to make empowered choices about their bodies and their births. Interested in scheduling in for a prenatal nutrition consultation? Please contact us to schedule!


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