Smoothies will continue to be one of my go-to recovery options, but sometimes after a hard ride battling the winds that are a frequent foe here in the Ontario countryside I crave something that feels a little more substantial. Enter this guise of chia pudding. The lofty amounts of soluble fiber in chia forms a gel when mixed with liquid, which is easily exploited to make spoonable nourishment with a tapioca-like texture.
The strawberries provide recovery sugars and antioxidants, yogurt gives your weary muscles some much needed protein, chia seeds offer up essential omega fatty acids and a range of must-have minerals, and chocolate is just awesome. And there is no reason why this pudding can’t serve as a make-ahead breakfast option. Topping options include sliced fresh strawberries, chopped nuts like pistachios, coconut flakes, and even crunchy granola. If desired, raspberries can replace strawberries and you can stir in dark chocolate chips instead of chopped chocolate.
By far, my favorite jars for making chia pudding as well as any overnight oat recipes are the Ball 16 ounce wide mouth glass jars. The large opening makes it easy to add in all the necessary ingredients and they have plenty of room for digging around with your spoon.
Look for more chia seed pudding recipes to fuel your adventures in the pages of ROCKET FUEL.
Strawberry Chia Pudding
2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries
3/4 cup milk or plain non-dairy milk
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup chia seeds
1 ounce chopped dark chocolate
Place strawberries, milk, yogurt, honey or maple syrup, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide among 2 jars. Add half of the chia seeds and chocolate to each jar, seal shut and shake. Chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.