Everyone loves a good snack, but unfortunately, when the “snack attack” comes we usually make poor choices and end up regretting it later.
Fortunately, with a little preparation, you can put together a healthy, delicious, and filling snack that will keep your body and brain sharp for at least a couple of hours.
Some common, nutrient-dense foods such as chia, hemp, and bee pollen can satisfy your craving and keep your energy and brain capacity up. That means you aren’t fighting afternoon sleepiness at work. The snack below can also be used for kids lunches, as they love this snack and it will keep them more attentive during school hours.
Loaded with omega fatty acids, protein, fiber, probiotics, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, thiamine, manganese, and B vitamins, you can’t really go wrong with this nutritious snack. It’s beneficial for a healthy digestive and immune system and is very helpful for regular bowel movements.
The purpose of this recipe is to help you create a healthy snack (or breakfast) that can satisfy your tastebuds—and your stomach. It can also keep your body and brain balanced and productive. It is best with high-quality ingredients.
- 4 tbsp of chia seeds
- 500 ml of almond or coconut milk (or dairy of your choice)
- 1/2 cup of blueberries (and raspberries are good, too)
- 1–2 tbsp of hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp of bee pollen
- Optional: a few drops of stevia to sweeten
- Optional: a few drops of vanilla extract
- Optional: nuts, seeds, and fruit of your choice
- Put the chia seeds in a 500 ml glass container.
- Fill up a container with milk of choice.
- Put on the container lid and shake the mixture to hydrate the chia completely, and do so again in about 5 minutes to keep the chia from clumping or sticking to the bottom or sides of the container.
- Once the chia starts to gel a bit, add stevia and vanilla extract (if using either) and shake again.
- Let the mixture sit for 10–15 minutes to become like pudding. Add more chia or milk if required to reach desired consistency.
- Once you have your desired consistency, split it out into smaller jars if desired (one cup of chia seed pudding can be very filling). Add blueberries or raspberries on top. If not using fresh, you can also gently warm up frozen berries in a small pot with some coconut oil, to add some more healthy fats to the mixture.
- Top with hemp hearts and bee pollen.
- Eat right away, or store in the fridge for 3–5 days to grab as desired.
Derek Henry is a holistic health coach for Healing the Body, where this article was originally published.