This Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Seed Pudding is a deliciously healthy sweet treat! Gluten-free, 21 Day Fix approved and Weight Watchers friendly!
Fitfession: I have a sweet tooth. Not necessarily in the way that I feel like a treat needs to be tooth-achingly-sweet, but more in the way that I feel dessert is a basic human right that should be enjoyed on a daily basis.
I may have unwittingly passed this belief onto my two little sponges, who now ask every night after dinner, "So, what's for dessert?!"
Thankfully, I have quite a few healthier tricks up my sleeve to help me justify this perfectly understandable daily behavior - like these pumpkin blondies, these slow-cooker stuffed apples, fresh fruit with this delish chocolate fondue from Confessions of a Fit Foodie, these banana cupcakes, this great Berry Crisp from Grandnanny's House, and this super yum brownie-bottom cheesecake with raspberry sauce - whose creamy dreamy filling inspired the strawberry cheesecake chia seed pudding before you!
How much sugar can you have every day on the 21 Day Fix?
If you've just started the 21 Day Fix, you're probably starting to feel some serious sugar cravings. We get to use about 4 teaspoons of natural sweetener in a day and if you've been eating the way the average American does (22 teaspoons a day!!), that's a pretty big freakin' change.
The good news is, if you stick with it and don't give in to a "cheat," I promise that by week 2 those cravings will be long gone. In fact, you'll find that things taste sweeter to you than they did before, because all of that sugar was clouding your dessert judgement and you didn't even know it.
Are chia seeds healthy?
Yes! Those little chia seeds actually have some amazing health benefits. They are full of omega-3s (which can reduce inflammation and high cholesterol), they're high in fiber - the 2 tablespoons that are used in this recipe will give you one-third of your recommended daily intake, and they can help regulate blood sugar. Because of their protein and fiber, they also help you to feel fuller longer and those are words I love to hear!
Where can I buy chia seeds?
Here's some more good news - you can get chia seeds at almost any grocery store these days, including Aldi and Trader Joe's. You'll likely either find them in the organic section, in the baking aisle or even in the spice section. If you can't find them there, you can always order chia seeds online (affiliate link).
If you guys give this Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Seed Pudding recipe a try, please let me know what you think!! You can leave a comment below or tag me on Insta @thefoodieandthefix. Or if you’re in my private Facebook group, I’d love to see a photo of your creation in there! I hope you enjoy ♥
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- ¼ cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1 tbs greek yogurt
- 1 cup chopped strawberries, divided
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (plain or vanilla)
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon sugar, other natural sweetener of your choice (such as raw sugar, honey or pure maple syrup)
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- In a blender, combine the cottage cheese, greek yogurt, ½ cup strawberries, almond milk, vanilla and raw sugar and blend, blend, blend until the mixture is completely smooth and adorably pink. You may have to scrape down with a spatula once in between.
- Pour into a lidded container and add the chia seeds, stirring well. Let sit overnight (at least 24 hours, the longer it sets, the thicker it gets!) in the refrigerator.
- The next day when you are ready to eat it, stir it again to distribute the seeds evenly and serve with the remaining ½ cup chopped strawberries. Yum!
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents: ½ Red, 1 Purple, 1 Orange and ½ tsp
Weight Watchers Personal Points Link: Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Seed Pudding
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: entire recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 8g