With so many yummy treats available this time of year, it's hard to resist over-indulging. To the rescue: chia seeds! These nutritious seeds expand to absorb up to 12 times their own weight, which creates bulk in the stomach that will keep you full for hours so you’re better able to resist temptations. Plus, chia seeds provide blood sugar–balancing magnesium to ward off cravings and metabolism-boosting omega-3 fatty acids to keep fat burning revved.
For a sweet way to enjoy the slimming perks, our nutrition columnists Mira Calton, CN, and Jayson Calton, PhD suggest making a chocolate pudding to snack on before parties and gatherings: In a large bowl, mix 6 Tbs. of chia seeds (like Nutiva White Chia Seeds, $20 for 33 servings, GNC.com) with 3 cups of milk or coconut milk, 6 Tbs. of cocoa powder, 3 tsp. of vanilla extract and stevia to taste, then cover and refrigerate overnight before enjoying. The treat will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
For more hunger-busting tricks and tips from our nutrition experts, visit CaltonNutrition.com.
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