I’ve been enjoying Chia seeds lately. Like my flax seeds, you won’t specifically find Chia on any of the cycle food lists, but they are classified as “seeds” under Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet.
However, they are so full of healthful benefits, that I personally feel they are just fine to use on all cycles, but make sure you feel comfortable with that decision.
Chia seeds have so many health benefits, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to include them in your daily diet routine.
They are full of fiber, full of protein and healthy fats (just to name a few).
The fun part about chia seeds, is when they come in contact liquid for a period of time, the seeds swell up and make a great pudding type of mixture.
You can experiment with all types of flavors.
So if you’re feeling like having a fruity chia pudding, consider mashing up a few strawberries and adding them to your pudding mixture.
Or if you’re having a hankering for chocolate, use this recipe!
Which Cycle Can I Use Chia Seeds?
You won’t find Chia seeds on any of the cycle food lists, but they are classified as “seeds” for Cycle 3. This means they’re to be used as a healthy fat, especially if you’re sticking by the book.
However, I personally feel they are very healthy and can be used on any cycle if you’re wanting to try this recipe earlier than cycle 3.
Like any customization of the diet, if you find that your weight loss is going slowly, omit the ingredient you think might be causing the problem to see how it might affect your diet.
Here are my thoughts and suggestions for the Chocolate Chia pudding for each cycle.
Chocolate Chia Pudding in Cycles 1 and 2
As I mention above, chia seeds are a healthy fat approved for Cycle 3.
I think there are a lot of healthy benefits to chia seeds, so I personally am comfortable using them during all cycles.
If you want to give this pudding a shot in Cycle 2 or 3, but you want to stick by the book when it comes to milk (or the dairy free variety), then use Low-fat acidophilus milk.
Chia Pudding During Cycle 3
During Cycle 3 you’re allowed non-dairy milk such as almond, rice or soy. The chia seeds are approved this cycle, so enjoy!
Here’s the simple recipe for you to start having fun with different flavor combinations!
- 1 Cup Milk, Low-fat acidophilus milk or Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 4 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Sweetener or Sugar
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- 1/4 Teaspoon of real Vanilla
- Dash Salt
- Place all ingredients inside a small mason jar with an air tight lid and shake until the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
- Let sit overnight or until Chia Seeds have absorbed majority of milk and have a pudding-like consistency.
- When pudding is ready after the chia seeds have fully absorbed the liquid, gently shake to make sure the mixture is fully incorporated.
- Top with your favorite fruit.
You may want to monitor the pudding every few hours to shake up the mixture to make sure the cocoa is fully incorporated.
Approved for Cycles 3 and 4. See post for my thoughts on Cycles 1 and 2.
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