In lieu of Valentine’s Day coming up next month, I thought I’d come up with a simple and nutritious chocolate treat that you can truly have for breakfast, snack or dessert! This chocolate collagen chia pudding totally super-powered. No, seriously. It is great for your skin, hair and nails; it’s a great source of protein, calcium, magnesium and iron! For the ladies, if you find yourselves with some painful cramps, I’m begging you to eat this because the magnesium from the cacao and the chia seeds will help to relax your muscles and fulfill your cravings! This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free ! Lastly, if you’re looking for an excellent source of fibre to amp up your poop frequency and quality (because I know you are…), the chia seeds are at your service.
Before we get to the recipe, let’s talk about this new buzz word “collagen”. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body that is found in your connective tissues, and specifically your skin, joints, blood vessels and so on. It is an important building block for the body’s structure. However, most of us have probably only heard about collagen in reference to “ageless” skin and wrinkle reduction. Nowadays, collagen is popping up in blended coffee drinks (I am totally guilty of making these :D) and other clever recipes to boosts the body’s collagen supply. While it’s more important to ensure that the body is receiving the right nutrients to create its own collagen supply, we can also supplement our diets with collagen powder or capsules to boost our supplies.
Now, let’s get to this delicious, healthy-skin-promoting, excellent-poop-causing, chocolatey pudding!
Chocolate Collagen Chia Pudding
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 heaping tbsp cacao
1 cup alternative milk (almond, cashew, hemp, etc.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp collagen powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Optional toppings: shredded coconut, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, goji berries, chopped dates,Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts, blueberries, etc.
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
2.Divide between 3 bowls. Add toppings if you desire.
3. Chill for 1 hour before serving. Or, keep in fridge for up to one week.
Sources: Collagen Myths and Misconceptions. Schauch, Dr. Marita. 2014. Friesens Corp.