Chia pudding. (Photo by Liesel Fuchs)

Chia pudding cups make a great midday snack

Chia seeds are packed with antioxidants, protein, calcium and fiber, so chia pudding is a great way to get healthy nutrients and a tasty summer treat as well! Chia pudding cups are great for midday snacking and so simple to prepare. You can also add fresh fruit to the pudding for a filling breakfast.

Chia pudding is crazy easy to make and you can prep a batch for the week in no more than 15 minutes. You can easily personalize flavors to your preference, too.

1. Start with 8 or 12 oz. Tupperware or glass jars, and fill each container halfway with chia seeds.

2. Next, add your favorite sweet or spicy spices, like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg or cardamom. If you need more sugar, drizzle in honey or agave syrup. To pack in some more super nutrients, add Goji berries, raw cacao nibs or even local bee pollen. You can kick the flavor up a notch by adding orange zest, which goes great with cardamom or cacao, or even a little cayenne and cacao for a classic chili and chocolate taste. You could also do a cherry pie twist with lemon zest and fresh cherries.

3. Next, add the milk of your choice. The ratio of chia seeds to milk is one to one. Coconut milk is my favorite, but any milk will do. Just be sure to consider how the milk’s flavor will jive with the fruit and spices you choose.

Note: The seeds will absorb the milk and create a thick, goopy pudding after at least four hours, which is why prepping pudding the night or week or before is so helpful. Add any fresh fruit to the pudding on the day you plan to eat it. Store pudding in the fridge and enjoy any time within the week.