Chia Seeds - Small But Mighty!
Chia seeds carry a nutrient-rich punch to your diet, with a 1oz serving being 44% of your daily fiber, 4g of protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids!
They have a hydrophilic (water loving) relationship with liquids, so when they are mixed into a fluid, they create a gel like consistency. When you consume chia seeds dry or mix them into a dish or drink, they will slow down digestion. This makes you feel full longer and creates a sustained release of energy meaning it's a great superfood to help you get through this New Year.
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Chia Seed Pudding
This is my favorite way to use chia seeds! It's super easy too, since you let it set in the fridge overnight, or throughout the day time depending on when you want to eat it! In a nutshell, you combine chia seeds, non-dairy milk, a sweetener and fillings/toppings in a jar overnight for a delicious nutrient dense snack. Below is the base recipe, as well as a few ideas for appetite suppressing flavor combos.
Makes: 2 servings
Directions: Blend together in a blender for a smoother pudding, or shake up in a mason jar for more texture, then leave in the fridge for 6-8 hours to set.
P.S. Feel free to play with sweetness and the thickness of the pudding. Pulsing in a blender can improve the consistency. This is recipe is moderately thick so that you can increase the chia seed portion by 1-2 tsp at a time per serving to find the perfect consistency for you! If you find as you tweak the recipe, that you want it sweeter (unless it is powdered sweetener), you will need to add a pinch of chia seeds for the added liquid.
I decided to make three jars of chocolate based pudding, the top jar has coconut and cashews in it, the right has cacao nibs on top, and the bottom is plain chocolate. On the left is the vanilla base recipe, and I added blended frozen raspberries and peaches.
***Pssst! We make a blueberry lemon chia seed jam-filled chocolate!
You should try it sometime.