This kefir chia pudding is infused with orange flavor and reminiscent of a creamsicle in pudding form!

Orange kefir chia pudding

I actually have 2 completely unrelated, recently discovered, amazing things to talk about today starting with this kefir chia pudding concoction.

Chia pudding.

You’ve probably seen it before, I’m definitely not the first person to post it but this combination with orange and vanilla BLEW ME AWAY.

So much so that it deserved a mention.

First of all, let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room with this one. The texture of chia seeds.

Yes, it’s weird.

If you’ve ever had chia seeds, you know what they do in liquid…puff up, triple in size and get all gelatinous.

If tapioca freaks you out, this won’t be your thing and I don’t suggest this dirty chia tapioca pudding recipe. Your loss, it’s delicious.

I, however, looooove tapioca, rice pudding, bubble tea, all those weird texture pudding-y things.

Kefir chia pudding
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This came from wanting something smoothie-like with kefir (love the gut health properties of probiotic-rich kefir, that’s why I use it in this gut healing smoothie recipe sometimes in place of the yogurt) but not wanting to shiver my way through the drink.

I also had no bananas on hand and I find orange to be one of the few fruity flavors I like alone, sans banana.

I’ve also been really curious about this whole chia pudding since seeing it passed off as a “treat” on many blogs.

I was skeptical.

I went into this doubting it would pass the dessert test.

I was wrong.

The orange flavor was so refreshing, the kefir is pretty much like eating tart frozen yogurt (in fact, kefir ice cream tastes exactly like that) and the chia seeds give it a very cool texture.

It’s like eating a tart creamsicle or this dairy free orange Julius.

It’s honestly an experience eating this. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but if you try it you’ll understand.

More chia puddings to try –> Layered Strawberry Guava Chia Pudding, Pumpkin Chocolate Chia Pudding or, this fun cranberry raspberry chia lemonade!


Ok, #2….Bodyrock TV

Told you, completely unrelated.

I’ve been really into quick, effective circuit style workouts lately.

My ambition for running long distances (right now I consider that more than 3-4 miles, funny how your perception of “long” changes when not training for a half marathon) has completely gone away.

It’s not that I’m burnt out on running, I’m just enjoying circuit training and strength a lot more so my runs have been 2-3 miles at most and usually quick, HIIT style only 1-2 times a week.

Earlier this week, I stumbled onto Bodyrock’s website.

It wasn’t actually my first time there, I’ve heard people talk about it and had actually checked it out briefly before, but the half naked people with ridiculous bodies and the horrible layout of their site (it’s barely organized into any categories and you can’t search or filter for specific workouts) turned me off and I never actually did a workout.

My recent obsession with circuit workouts though got me interested enough this time to poke around and watch some of the videos and something just clicked.

Before I knew it I was doing the fit test for February’s monthly challenge, completing the Bikini Body Beach Ready workout and watching tons of other videos trying to get a queue of workouts that I can easily do at home without any of their props (I refuse to buy a $100 sandbag).

There’s something amazingly satisfying about a workout that leaves you completely spent after just 12-15 minutes of full blown, balls to the wall effort.

Call me crazy, but that sounds way more fun and way more time efficient than running 10 miles to me right now.

I also found Lori & Michelle’s post on their favorite Bodyrock workouts which looks like a gold mine.

Like I said, the site is cumbersome so having a go to list of workouts from someone I “know” (I read their blog, so obviously that counts as knowing them) is definitely helpful.

I’m thinking I’m going to give this workout approach 30 days and see what the results are and how I feel.

I’ll probably still keep up with the minimal running I’m doing now.

I don’t want to completely stop because I never in my life want to have to build a base back up…that is HARD work!

There may or may not have been “before” pictures taken.

We’ll see what 30 days brings before I decide on posting them.

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Orange Kefir Chia Pudding

Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour
This kefir chia pudding is infused with orange flavor and reminiscent of a creamsicle in pudding form.


  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator, if itâ??s been sitting overnight you may want to add a little more milk to thin it out.
  • Serve cold.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 507kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 16gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 447mgFiber: 12gSugar: 66g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Any of you “bodyrockers” out there? Link up your favorite workouts if so!

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  1. If kefir is something you drink regularly, you should consider getting some kefir grains to make your own. Its super easy- all you do is add the grains to the milk and let it sit, then pull the grains out to use again and drink the kefir! The grains never die and actually grow so you can share with a friend. I got mine from my aunt but I’ve heard you can order them off of the internet. By the way- tried the recipe and loved it… I think it would be even better as a slushy!!

  2. Get this! My younger brother is majoring in nutrition. He’s really into chia seeds and kefir right now and he sent me a link to your recipe! What are the odds?

    1. I just googled that to see what their recipe was, had no idea it was in Food & Wine, how weird! Especially, b/c they did the citrus thing too with the lemon zest. I guess it just proves how delicious it is! :)

  3. both of our favorite things – chia seeds and bodyrock!!!

    thanks for the shout out. and glad to hear you are giving it a try!

  4. Seriously – how do you know about these amazing things like Kefir? I grew up on it (and we’re feeding Addi that for snacks), but I didn’t even know anyone in the US knows what it is? Even our pediatrician had to ask me what it is.

    1. Dude, I’m so in love with it that I just spent over $4 for it at my grocery store and it’s about half the size of a 1/2 gallon (which I guess would be 1/4 gallon…)

  5. Can’t wait to hear what your thoughts are on the bodyrock program after 30 days. I like the shortness of it but I feel like it’s too hard for me. Yea, I’m a wimp.

    1. I got this from Trader Joe’s but I’ve seen it in my normal grocery store (A&P and Hannaford’s) too.

  6. This is the first I have heard of chia pudding….my only experience with chia is the full seeds GT puts in some of their Kombucha varieties (yeah, not a fan of chunks in my beverages… ;) You honestly sold me at the tapioca comparison, as I do enjoy a great tapioca and I have heard a great deal about the health benefits of chia, so this is a no brainer. Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. I’ve tried the chia seed thing in drinks before too and think it’s beyond disgusting! Not a fan of drinking those things but in pudding they’re delicious :)

  7. Wow your post addresses two things I have been curious about forever and never actually tried. If chia pudding tastes like bubble tea then I am sure to be a fan.