It all starts with fatigue for me! with endo I am super aware of my body and I have learned to listen to it when it is calling for my attention. It usually happens around 4:00 pm and I am feeling drenched from the day, but I know I still have a few things to do. This is when I reach for this pick me up snack! This chia pudding snack is so good that it will leave you feeling satisfied, satiated, and so energized for the rest of your day.
I start making this snack by filling a mason jars of oats milk (or any milk you would like), some chia seeds and a few drops of stevia (or any other sweetener you would like). You can also leave out the sweetener if you prefer to sweeten it only with toppings like fresh fruit, dried fruit, or chocolate chips.
The trick here is to use the best ratio possible so it can have a creamy consistency. I noticed that what has worked for me is 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1/2 cup of milk. You can play around with the measurements to find the consistency that you like best.
When you are mixing in the chia seeds, I recommend mixing very well until all the chia seeds are incorporated into the milk and there are no clumps. It is very important that you mix everything well so that the chia seeds can soak in all the milk. After mixing the chia and the milk you can add the sweetener of your liking and mix one more time. Finally, close the mason jar, place it in the fridge for at least 2 hours or so. You can eat this snack up to a week after placing it in the fridge so feel free to make a few so you can have them through the week. The chia seeds will absorb all the milk and sweetener and be ready to eat then.
Why is this a supper healthy snack alternative when you start to feel that fatigue?
Well, this chia pudding is super high in fiber with up to 11 grams. Fiber is good for blood sugar control, cholesterol levels and your overall gut health. It is also high in protein with up to 4 grams and this helps you build lean muscle. Finally, it contains around 9 grams of healthy Omega 3 fats which mostly help you to feel satiated. Did I also mentioned that Omega3 is linked with helping to reduce endometriosis pelvic pain and inflammation!
This is essentially what is going to satisfy your in-between meal cravings and taper your appetite until your next meal. For me, one of the best snacks that meets these snack goals is my Chia Pudding.
Not bad right? And the beauty of it is that you can store them in the fridge for a whole week and grab one when you’re hungry. I like topping mine with fresh fruit or dried fruit, nuts, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, granola and so many more toppings so I never get bored. It makes such a great option for meal prepping too, because meal prepping includes planning for those in-between meals and for days when we are not feeling well to cook.
I believe that meal prepping can be life changing when dealing with a chronic illness like endometriosis. Meal prep can help you eat healthy and nutritious food even in the days that we can barely move. If we feel bad and we are in pain, our mobility prevents us from cooking a full meal but if we prepare for those days and we have ready to heat or eat food in our fridge, it can make all the difference from ordering a non-healthy option and feeling worse later in the day.
I hope this easy to prepare snack can become a staple and favorite in your kitchen. Please let me know if you would like to see quick and easy recipes like this one!