There’s absolutely room for chocolate on the Fast Metabolism Diet. Remember: Chocolate stimulates those feel-good endorphins that can really rev up your metabolic fire. Last week we shared this recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal. This week it’s a creamy snack that won’t leave you feeling guilty — remember, guilt is fattening!
You might have heard of chia seeds — they’re the same seeds used to grow Chia Pets. They’re part of the salvia family of plants, grown mainly in Mexico.
Chia seeds have gained ground as a new superfood — but the claim is more than just hype. Chia seeds are rich in fat-burning omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re packed with antioxidants. They’re fiber-rich, so they’re a great feel-full food. And chia seeds are a great way to add minerals to your diet, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc.
In short, tiny chia seeds are loaded with micro-nutrients to enhance your fast metabolism!
Another bonus: When you add liquid to chia seeds and let it sit for a bit, they create a gel. That makes chia seeds a perfect ingredient for pudding, getting you that creamy texture without adding milk or gelatin.
You can enjoy chia seeds on Phase 3. Sprinkle them on salads or into smoothies as part of your healthy fat requirement. Or enjoy them in this chia pudding recipe, which would serve as your healthy-fat snack for Phase 3 (remember to pair with a Phase 3 veggie).
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: Overnight (includes chilling time)
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia (or to taste)
Raw cacao nibs for garnish (optional)
In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the almond milk, chia seeds, and cacao powder until all lumps are gone. Whisk in the stevia to taste. Pour the mixture into individual serving dishes (or leave it all in one bowl), and refrigerate overnight until the pudding is set. Serve chilled, garnished with cacao nibs if you like.