There is one thing I’ve learned with trying to get and stay healthy. I can’t work my way out of bad eating. If I don’t watch my snacking and calorie intake, I can workout all day and not make a dent. So, it’s important to me that I make good snacking choices that don’t put me in the calorie “red!”
Equally important? That my snacks still hit my sweet tooth and cravings and don’t make me feel like I’m sacrificing and only eating rabbit food! How does this look for yum? This is my double berry chia pudding parfait with a M&M’S® Crispy topping.
I like to add chia seeds to my drinks to add a little something and some good healthy fats. So I took it a step further and added some chia seeds to my almond milk and set it in the fridge. It thickens up nicely in an hour or two and gives the thickness and consistency of pudding. But, with much fewer calories and more good for me fats.
While those chia seeds were soaking, I got everything else ready. I took 5 cleaned strawberries and cut them into small pieces and cleaned some raspberries. And, I portioned out my M&M’S® Crispy bag into 4 servings (I did it by weight which turned out to be 10 M&M’S® Crispy) and placed one serving in a bag and crushed them with a rolling pin.
Back by popular demand M&M’S® Crispy returned to shelves nationwide this past January for the first time since 2005. I took my M&M’S® Crispy and placed them in a bag and crushed them up with a rolling pin. Did you know that from Facebook to Twitter to calls to our consumer service line, M&M’S® Crispy were our No. 1 most requested variety to bring back between 2005 and 2014.
After soaking for a couple hours, I pulled the chia pudding out of the fridge and scooped a spoonful into the bottom of a cup. Then I put a layer of strawberries, another layer of chia pudding, a layer of raspberries, more chia pudding, and some strawberries.
Finally, I topped my chia pudding parfait with some crushed M&M’S® Crispy. Made of rich milk chocolate, M&M’S® Crispy have a sweet rice puff center that’s crispy and crunchy and coated in the world-famous candy shell. This was a great addition to my treat to satisfy my sweet tooth! They have just the right amount of crunch and sweet to take it from meh to delicious!
I added up the calories for each parfait and I came to ~150 calories each. Which I consider a good snack for the afternoon with fewer calories than many alternatives!
What do you think? Would you make and eat this?
- 2T chia seeds (120 calories)
- 1 c almond milk (60 calories)
- 5 strawberries
- 10 raspberries
- 20 g (approx 20) M&M’S® Crispy (90 calories)
- Mix the chia seeds with almond milk and refrigerate until the mixture thickens.
- Cut up strawberries.
- Crush M&M’S® Crispy.
- Place one spoonful of chia pudding in the bottom of each cup.
- Add cut up strawberries (reserve half).
- Add one spoonful of chia pudding.
- Add raspberries.
- Add another spoonful of chia (finish it off).
- Top with remaining strawberries.
- Sprinkle M&M’S® Crispy to finish.
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