Healthy Pina Colada Chia Pudding is a low carb, no cook breakfast, snack or dessert ready in just 5 minutes.
Why Healthy Pina Colada Chia Pudding?
Chia pudding is such a great snack for gestational diabetes because the chia seeds are filled with fiber, healthy fat, and magnesium. Plus, it's easy, delicious, healthy, no cook....what more do you need?
The recipe calls for low fat Greek yogurt and coconut milk because the regular versions would be super fatty.
Would it be delicious? Yes. Would it be the best thing to do? Shut up, Meg!
Ha! If you know that reference, scroll down to the bottom and tell me in the comments. 😀
A Must Try
The recipe doesn't call for this because this is supposed to be super simple and fast BUT this modification takes only 3 minutes, tops and adds such great flavor to the dish.
Spread the shredded coconut and sliced almonds on a cookie sheet. Place it in the middle of the oven and broil on low for about 2 minutes. The coconut will turn golden brown and taste amazing and the almonds will toast slightly.
DO NOT walk away from the oven because it will burn in 2 seconds, literally. Your heart will tell you when 🙂
So if you have the time, it's worth trying!
Nix the Yogurt
Greek yogurt isn't super necessary. I just like to include it whenever possible because of the probiotics, protein and other vitamins and minerals. It's a great healthy choice, but if you don't like it or don't have it, don't sweat it. Just replace it with more coconut milk.
Replacing it will take out the majority of the protein, so maybe consider another protein additive like a powder or more chia seeds per serving.
Nix the Coconut Milk
The whole point of pina colada is coconut, pineapple and the rum you obviously can't have right now, right? So if you take away the coconut milk you're minimizing the coconut flavor.
Add extra coconut shreds to make up for it, as many as your carbs will allow.
Using Sweetened Coconut Shreds
The recipe calls for unsweetened coconut shreds because we're already using honey to sweeten the yogurt and we want to be conscious of carbs.
If you use sweetened coconut, either reduce or omit the honey. When you mix them in with the yogurt you'll be able to taste their sweetness and it won't be bland or flat.
Nix the Chia Seeds
I mean....chia is in the title, but whatever. If you have them, hemp seeds are nutritionally better than chia seeds and they don't have the grainy texture that chia seeds sometimes give.
A little lime zest never hurt, but don't feel like you can't make and enjoy this recipe without it.
Drink it as a smoothie!
Complete the Meal
If this is a snack or dessert you're good to go, but if it's breakfast eat 2 eggs or a low carb protein bar along with it to get in extra protein.
If that doesn't suit your tastes, exchange the coconut milk for more Greek yogurt to get in the extra protein, but watch the carbs.
Store in the refrigerator in a closed container for up to 7 days. Just be sure the yogurt isn't due to expire within that timeframe.
Vitamin K is shining bright here, which is awesome because it does some amazing things:
- Helps with bone health
- Directs all nutrients to the places they need to go
- Increases insulin sensitivity
This information was obtained from Real Food for Pregnancy.
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Healthy Pina Colada Chia Pudding Recipe
- 1½ cups Pineapple Chunks (fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup Plain Low Fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 15 oz can Lite Coconut Milk
- 1½ teaspoons Honey
- 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- ¼ cup Sliced Almonds
- 6 tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Lime Zest (optional)
- Add the pineapple, Greek yogurt, coconut milk, honey and chia seeds to the blender and blend until well combined.If not using a blender, stir all ingredients together until well mixed.
- Transfer the mixture to 3 bowls in equal portions.
- Top with almonds and coconut shreds, and lime zest if desired.