Chia Pudding from Chelsea, Wellness Muslimah
Alhamdullilah, I honoured to have the very lovely Chelsea from Muslimah Healthy as this month’s Foodie feature on Healthy Muslimah!
Read on for an interview with Chelsea in which she shares a little about herself and some brilliant advice for those trying to follow a healthy diet and avoid the overwhelm.
And don’t forget about the chia pudding – this month’s Foodie Feature Recipe! Yummy!
INTERVIEW WITH CHELSEA FROM MUSLIMAH HEALTHY
When did you become interested in healthy living and what motivated you to embrace a healthy lifestyle?
I had always been a little chunky as a child and that carried through high school. I tried many attempts at losing weight but really had no clue what I was doing so nothing ever stuck. It led to a lot of fad dieting and dangerous methods of trying to lose weight. My relationship with food and my body suffered.
I got to a point where I was so sick of my fluctuating weight and sick of not knowing what to do about it. So, I hired a fitness coach who put me through 16 weeks of clean eating and exercise. I was amazed at my transformation and even more importantly I felt so much more energized, confident and happy. I fell in love with the lifestyle and that was really the start of my healthy living journey.
There is so much health information around these days, it can be very confusing and overwhelming. What advice would you give sisters who are just starting out on their health journey and feel unsure of what’s right and wrong and where to start?
It’s really unfortunate how confusing health and fitness has become, when in fact it is so simple. My motto is: eat more real food, eat less junk food, and move your body. It’s truly as simple as that and that would be my advice to anyone starting out. There no one right way to eat or exercise. The most important thing is to make the best choices you can, and do what is enjoyable and sustainable for you.
You’ve shared a beautiful chia recipe. Is this a favorite? Tell us a bit about it.
To be honest, I hopped on the chia seed bandwagon really late. I had heard and read so much about their amazing benefits and I had seen them used in so many recipes, and chia seed pudding look particularly appealing to me. I thought it would be a nice change from my usual oatmeal bowls. It was one of those things that I kept telling myself I was going to try but never got around to. So one day I finally purchased my first bag of organic chia seeds, I made a pudding, and I was hooked. I have an unrelenting sweet tooth so this particular recipe is definitely a favorite of mine. It’s so chocolaty and decadent, you would never know it’s healthy!
Do you eat out often? When you do, what’s your strategy to make sure you’ll still able to make healthy choices?
I very rarely eat out. I’m a big fan of home cooked meals. But when I do, I think the most important thing is I leave a little room for fun, so that I don’t feel guilty or deprived. I try to choose a healthier, well-balanced meal, so that I can have some room for dessert!
What’s the most exotic/strange thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m very weird about strange food so I don’t think I’ve actually ever had anything very exotic. Sushi is about as crazy as I get ;).
Where do you see yourself and Muslimah Healthy in five years?
Hmm, I don’t know. In the past few years I’ve learned that life has a way of taking you by surprise. I definitely hope to still be blogging, building up resources, and sharing the important message of health with Muslim women around the world, in sha Allah.
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Without further ado… here’s the delicious Chia Pudding Recipe!
Chia Pudding – Foodie Feature from Muslimah Healthy
For the chia seed pudding
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
- 1 teaspoon honey
For the nice cream
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
- 2 chopped and frozen bananas
- 1 heaping tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
For the chia pudding
- Combine chia seeds, milk and honey into a cup or bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until it sets and becomes a pudding-like consistency.
For the nice cream
- Add the frozen bananas and a little bit of the milk into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add in the rest of the milk along with the peanut butter, cocoa, protein powder (optional) and honey. Blend until all ingredients are combined.
- Check the consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more milk and blend until you get the consistency you are looking for (it should be the consistency of ice cream).
- Top the chocolate peanut butter nice cream over the chia seed pudding and serve immediately.
- Optional: Add toppings of choice if you desire. I added some raspberries, coconut flakes and chocolate chips just to make it look more decadent and winter-like!