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Chia seeds are one of my all-time favorite super foods. I love how versatile they are; you can add them to oatmeal recipes, protein bar recipes, add them to smoothies, make chia pudding (which I’ll get to in a little bit ;)), etc. etc. These tiny seeds are a powerhouse of omega-3’s, protein, antioxidants, and fiber. Their high omega-3 content helps reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol. The fiber in chia seeds assists in removing toxins, regulating bowel function and blood sugar levels.
A few more fun facts:
- There is as much calcium in 3 oz. of chia seeds as there is in 2 cups of milk.
- There is as much iron in 3 oz. of chia seeds as there is in 4 cups of spinach.
- Chia seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sound sleep. The healing effects originate from serotonin, a neurotransmitter needed for tryptophan formation.
- Chia seeds take care of 20 percent of the daily requirement of fiber. The seed contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Chia provides slow digestion, keeping insulin requirements low.
- Chia’s omega-3s, especially the alpha-linolenic acid, reduces plaque buildup associated with heart problems.
- There is a surge of energy and strength with chia. It is credited to the synergy of its potent properties. The people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment.
I personally like to add chia seeds to my green smoothies, power oatmeal recipes, and make a delicious energizing drink using 2 cups of coconut water and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
However, one recipe that I have been itching to try for quite some time now was a CHIA PUDDING :]. So I looked around and found a recipe on Mind Body Green, and of course tweaked it to have my “FAV” twist 😉
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (can substitute for any non-dairy milk, such as almond, rice, hempseed, etc.)
- ¼ cup craisins
- 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1/8 teaspoon of stevita or to taste (can substitute with preferred sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of sliced almonds
- Soak chia seeds and craisins in coconut milk in the fridge for about 3 hours. It can also be soaked in the fridge overnight.
- When seeds are ready, prepare the strawberry sauce. Blend strawberries, stevita and vanilla extract together. Then mix it in with the soaked chia seeds.
- Sprinkle with almonds and serve!
Nutritional Information (per serving):
- Calories: 227
- Protein: 10 grams
- Carbs: 32 grams
- Fat: 10 grams
Bonus: This recipe is VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE :]