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Ch-Ch-Ch-CHIA Pudding!

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Oh, chia seeds, how I love you! These little babies are packed with nutrients and are oh-so versatile.  I was floored when I learned that the little seeds that you spread on SpongeBob’s head to watch them grow are actually edible and even more impressed when I learned their nutrient content.  Who knew, right?! Here’s a little breakdown of their nutrients:

  • Rich in both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, for skin health, cholesterol regulation, and immune function.
  • Rich in various powerful antioxidants that combat free radicals.
  • Provides potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and calcium, all of which are major minerals needed in the diet that work together closely for bone and blood health and electrolyte balance
  • Zinc, essential for growth and enzymatic actions in the body, as well as immune function
  • Protein, for forming and rebuilding body tissue
  • Fiber, for digestive health and cholesterol binding

Now that you know the reasons to eat chia seeds, there are many ways to add them into the diet.  A personal favorite is also the simplest application.  Add a couple tablespoons to a glass of filtered water (lemon or cucumber optional) give it a stir to let the chia seeds soak up some of the water and drink! Easy enough, right? I do have to mention that chia seeds have a tapioca type texture, meaning they absorb the liquid that they are in and puff up to a gelatinous little ball.  This brings me to my FAVORITE  use of chia seeds: PUDDING!! They are the perfect vessel to add to almond milk or coconut milk to make a creamy, filling dessert or breakfast.  I will provide some links and recipes to my personal favorites and a NEW chia pudding that I have developed today that I think is delicious.

This first one is a vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding from the website Hummusapien:

http://www.hummusapien.com/chocolate-covered-strawberry-chia-pudding/

Next is a Gluten Free Easy Chia Pudding from the website Postmodern Hostess:

http://www.postmodernhostess.com/2012/06/new-obsession-chia-pudding-with-recipe.html

And the last one I will post is my newly developed Cacao Banana Coconut Chia Pudding made by ME 🙂

You will need

1 1/2 cups coconut milk (or almond milk, whatever your taste buds prefer)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, or raw honey

1 organic banana, pureed

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tbsp. raw cacao powder

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl with a whisk.  I find that the cacao powder doesn’t mix well at first so make sure it is all well blended (this many take a minute).  Stick the bowl in the fridge, covered, mixing every 15-20 minutes during the first hour to ensure the mixture is “gelling” well together.  Keep refrigerated for 3-5 hours, or overnight, until the pudding reaches a thick consistency.  Spoon the pudding into bowls.  This is where you can add in toppings.  I find that these toppings go very well with the pudding, as well as adding more nutrients into the mix 🙂

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Voila!

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  • Fresh cut fruit: more banana, mango, berries
  • Dried fruits
  • Hemps seeds
  • Almonds

ENJOY! HAPPY AND HEALTHY EATING!

What are some of your favorite chia pudding combinations? Let me know!

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