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Eggnog is a classic holiday flavor, and this recipe for chia seed pudding can help you recreate the taste without all the added sugar.

Chia is derived from the Mayan word “chiháan,” which means strong or strengthening. The ancient Aztecs and Mayans added chia seeds to their diet because they are an excellent source of nutrients and long-lasting energy. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They have high fiber content and digest slowly, which makes them filling over a long period. Dietary fiber also promotes good gut health by feeding beneficial bacteria, and it’s been linked to anti-inflammatory properties. 

Chia seeds absorb water and expand, which makes them an excellent thickening agent to make pudding with. The recipe below also contains cinnamon and nutmeg, which have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. 

PREP TIME | 8 hours, 10 minutes*

SERVINGS  | 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon stevia powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (plus more for garnish)

MACROS 

  • PROTEIN – 5 G
  • FAT – 8 G
  • CARBS – 12 G

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Combine almond milk, stevia, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a blender jar and process until smooth.
  2. Add the chia seeds and process to stir well.
  3. Pour the pudding into a bowl.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes; then, stir to make sure seeds are evenly distributed.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours to make a pudding.
  6. Serve warm or chilled, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

* NOTE: 8 hours of prep time is to let the pudding set

Enjoy our eggnog inspired pudding as a guilt-free treat this holiday season. You can find similar healthy recipes in Lung Health Institute’s Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ (AI²™). AI² is a wellness plan designed for people with chronic lung disease. It sets dietary guidelines to help you reduce full-body inflammation through the foods you eat.

Lung Health Institute also offers cellular therapy, a treatment that uses your body’s own cells to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Cellular therapy may be able to prevent further damage to your lungs and slow the progression of your disease. AI² and cellular therapy can be used together as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to lower inflammation and help you Breathe Easier™. 

If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a free consultation to speak with one of our medical providers, contact a patient coordinator today.

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