Happy Friday everyone! Before we get to this delicious, creamy, ridiculously easy to make blueberry chia pudding recipe, I’d like to talk about fat and why some of us are still afraid of it. Of course if you don’t want to talk fat you can always ignore all of this and just scroll down to the recipe, you’re welcome.
I often get asked how I’ve managed to lose weight or maintain my weight loss for all of these years (if you want to know more about my weight loss, go to my about page) and the reaction I get when I tell them I eat fat, never gets old. For a second they get that deer in headlights look, or a look of “are you crazy??”
But it’s true. I do eat fat and I’m not afraid of it.
For a long time I ate grains and sure, I still maintained my weight loss but I was at a plateau, additionally, I had to always be aware of calories and found that cravings for carbs were always present (despite eating whole grains). Not to mention, I often felt somewhat sluggish, constantly broke out in hives and had ongoing sinus allergies.
So, being the researcher that I am, I began to read up on grains and slowly began elimination diets. Eventually I found that my body does not respond well to grains and sugar, <– duh. This became especially apparent after my first Whole30 reset, where I also realized that fat kept me full and happy. It was hard at first, I mean we’ve been told that fat is the enemy, even the New York Times and NPR have written articles about our fear of fat and how the sugar industry has instilled that fear in us. But, through my own experiences and my own research, I have found something that works for me and many others out there.
I’m not here to convince you.
I’m just here to share my experiences and who knows, maybe it might encourage you to take a look at your relationship with fat. If you want more information on fats and grains, I urge you to read Robb Wolf’s work, he’s a former biochemist who has a lot to say on this subject.
Speaking of scientists, I can tell you they’re skeptical people, I should know, I live with one. My partner is also a biochemist and was a little skeptical when I first began eliminating grains from our home, that’s right no more baguette (this is kind of a big deal if you’re French or French Canadian), but after looking at the science and experiencing the changes in our bodies, he’s more than happy to swap his baguette for bacon these days.
Also, in case you’re wondering how this may have affected my cholesterol (because this is often the first thing that comes to a skeptics mind) I just had a yearly check up that included tons of blood work to check for cholesterol etc, and I’m happy to report I got an A+ on all of my lab tests (typical overachiever).
Again, I’m only sharing what has worked for me and my body, I urge you to do your own research and above all, you do you boo. You do you (<— this is what happens when as an adult you go back to college with a ton of teens and 20 somethings).
Now, about that chia pudding! Finally, right? This is one of the easiest desert recipes I’ve made, just don’t make it at midnight like I did last night, it requires a blender and if you live in an apartment complex like I do, your neighbors might not be too happy about it. Unless you don’t give a crap about your neighbors, in that case blend away!
- 2 cups of full-fat canned coconut milk (the fat creates the creaminess plus it's good for you)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 -1/2 cup blueberries (depending on how much blueberry flavor you want or how big your blueberries are, mine were huge so I used 1/4 cup)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
Place the coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup, blueberries, and optional cinnamon in the blender. Blend on high for about a minute, or until smooth.
Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and whisk in the chia seeds until combined.
Pour your mix into a mason jar (really any container), or small glass containers for individual portions as I did in the picture.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Enjoy topped with fruit, coconut shreds or just as is!