chia seeds

School Snacks Series: Chia Pudding

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It is back to school time, which is extra exciting for me because I am headed back to school both as a teacher AND a student! This week I’ll be starting my 2nd, and final, year as a student of holistic nutrition (!!!); and I’m also headed back to school as a kindergarten teacher 🙂  I’ve decided to combine my passions for nutrition and helping children through a little series about packing healthy lunches for kids!

Packing a lunch can sometimes feel like a tedious chore, but it’s really important because children need to eat healthy snacks at school to provide them with energy, helping them to concentrate and do their best. Unfortunately, not all foods provide this desirable effect, and can in fact result in hyperactivity, fatigue, or distracting stomach aches.


Cherry Chia Pudding


Hazelnut Chia Energy Bites

Hazelnut Chia Energy Bites

Hazelnut Chia Energy Bites

These sweet little bites are full of nutritious and tasty “superfoods”:

  1. Cacao Nibs – stimulant, antibacterial, antioxidant, with more than 300 phytochemicals
  2. Chia Seeds – antioxidant, protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, high in calcium, gluten free
  3. Bee Pollen – energy enhancer, one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans; rich in proteins, free amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid (read more here)
  4. Cinnamon – regulates blood sugar, anti-bacterial, high in nutrients, decreases cravings
  5. Raw Honey – full of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants
  6. Hazelnuts – rich in unsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, B vitamins
  7. Raw Coconut – antibacterial, full of fiber and minerals