This chia pudding is so nutrient packed that it should be a superfood! And it's yummy and no-prep. Winning!
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Why Coconut Lime Chia Pudding
I'm constantly trying to think of ways to make GD life easier for you. (So if there's something you'd like, let me know here). This chia pudding fits because it's a no-prep and on-the-go food. I made it to be a breakfast replacement, but it can be a snack or dessert as well.
Gestational Diabetes Diet
This chia pudding works because it's filled with a ton of GOOD fat and protein, which make it satisfying and won't leave you hungry. If you're thinking it may not be enough for you, pre-make or buy pre-made sausages and grab them with the pudding on your way out the door in the mornings.
Of course, you can modify the proportions any way that you want.
- Put only as much fruit as you can handle - ½ cup portions are pretty safe with berries.
- The avocado is present for added nutrition and saiety, but leaving it out is perfectly fine.
- The coconut milk is important for the fat and is the base for flavor. If you substitute another milk, both the nutrients and flavor will be effected.
- The lime juice cuts the fat or the coconut milk so it's necessary. Depending on how much you like lime, add 1-2 Tbsps. At 1 tablespoon you just barely taste it. I prefer 1-1½ Tbsps.
- Choice of sweetener is up to you. This recipe calls for Stevia/Truvia. You can use another zero glycemic sweetener like erythritol, or agave or raw honey. Honey has half the affect of white sugar on your blood sugar, and agave has one-fourth of the affect of white sugar. If you add honey or agave the carb count will increase but keep in mind that they will not raise your blood sugar as quickly as table sugar or bad carbs - so you have a little room to play around there.
This baby boasts 50g fat, 10g fiber, a bunch of calcium, iron and potassium and a crazy amount of Vitamin C! Talk about a great choice! And it's 560 calories - still think it won't fill you up?
You're getting so much with all of those fantastic amounts.
- Iron helps healthy fetal brain development and natural sources of iron (found in food) do not constipate like iron supplements do. It also helps protect against your getting anemia while pregnant, preeclampsia, preterm birth, Baby's stunted growth, etc.
- Potassium helps maintain normal blood pressure and prevent swelling.
- Vitamin C helps Baby's collagen and your tissues.
- All of this information was taken from Lily Nichols' book Real Food for Pregnancy. If you're interested in better managing GD, check out her other book Real Food for Gestational Diabetes (ebooks available for both).
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Coconut Lime Chia Pudding
- 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk (first pressing)
- 1 t Truvia
- 4-6 t Fresh Lime Juice
- 1½ Tbsps Chia Seeds
- 1 baby Avocado
- ½ cup Strawberries (sub ½ banana)
- Measure the milk, sweetener and chia seeds into the a bowl or preferred container.
- Squeeze the lime juice and add it to the bowl. Stir well.
- Slice the avocado and strawberries and mix them into the pudding.