Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chia pudding

On my journey of healthy, fitness and clean living, I have seen tons of photos on instagram and recipes on Pinterest about chia seeds. What's the big deal? All I can think of when I see them is... you guessed it "ch ch ch chia, the pet that grows when you water it" hahaha

If you go to Amazon.com and type in chia pet, you come up with 640! OMGosh are you kidding?! WHO wants or needs that many different varieties of a chia pet, obviously the American public. Too funny. Everything from Duck Dynasty, to kittens to the President.
Chia seed search will net you 1188!! Good grief. So yes, I bought some. Didn't have a clue what to do with them, but I bought them. Organic chia seeds.

I put them in a smoothie, on a salad, in some granola, and then made some pudding.

I prefer them in the granola but the pudding was pretty tasty too.

chia pudding
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
1 tsp, heaping of unsweetened cocoa powder
3 TBSP chia seeds

Blend first 3 ingredients well and stir in your chia seeds. Place in a decorative glass, cover and chill for 2 - 24 hours.

Not bad! Healthy and chia seeds seem to swell up and make you full for a longer period of time.

Top the pudding with chopped nuts, shredded coconut or fresh fruit for even more flavor and benefits.



What are chia seeds and what are the benefits? According to webmd.com
The Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica,found growing in Mexico dating back to the cultures of the Mayan and Aztec's. "Chia" means strength, and folk tales or legends have it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. I get it, I see companies claiming, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
Due to the mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds, it makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. Most people sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel, which I do not enjoy, the texture is eww. 
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