Protein Packed Java Mint Chia Seed Pudding
Protein and I are really good buddies, and I eat a lot of protein… A LOT. Recently, I have begun a journey to cut back on my animal protein intake, and increase my plant protein intake. I found this “pudding” was an awesome way to get tons of healthy nutrients! I get protein, probiotics, and essential enzymes from the plant protein, healthy Omega 3 fats and fiber from the chia seeds, tons of calcium from the almond milk….and a little kick from the espresso powder. A girl’s got to have a mid afternoon kick! (Not sure where to find the ingredients? Just click the links!)
As a side note, if you’ve never tried chia seed “pudding,” it’s not exactly like the regular pudding you may be used to eating, step outside your comfort zone and give it a try! The texture may be a little different, but it’s hard to find a more nutrient dense food than this one, especially if you use a great protein powder packed with all the extra probiotics and enzymes.
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
!/2 Serving Protein Powder (I use 1/2 scoop of Garden of Life Vanilla Plant Based Protein Powder) You can add 1 full serving if desired
1 teaspoon Instant Espresso Powder (Delallo) Adding more of the espresso powder if desired.
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon (preferably Ceylon or True Cinnamon)
Fresh Mint Leaves
Mix the protein powder and almond milk to combine. Mix in chia seeds, espresso, and cinnamon. Place in the refrigerator and leave for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Before serving, very finely chop fresh mint leaves and mix in to taste. Garnish with extra mint leaves and a few coffee beans.