Looking for a nutritious boost to your diet? Chia seeds, soaked in water, might be the answer.

 The chia seed makes up for its tiny stature with sizeable nutrition. Acquired from a mint-related plant known as salvia hispanica and a traditional food eaten by the Aztecs, chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, and calcium. Most importantly, the seeds are high in one of the omega-3 fatty acids known to help prevent heart disease.

Its rich history dates back 3,000 years when it was known as the “running food” by the Aztecs and Mayans, who praised its many uses as food, medicine, and spiritual offering.Today, devotees stir the crunchy seeds into smoothies, yogurt, and puddings, or sprinkle them on salads and granola.

This simple recipe doesn’t require any cooking at all; it just needs a few hours to give the chia seeds time to swell. The resulting tapioca-like texture tastes similar to a cream pudding . The great news is that it really fills you up – and is very low in calories.

Using white chia seeds will help guarantee a more pleasing color, but if you can only find darker ones, use them; the taste is the same, and both the black and white chia seeds thicken liquids in the same way.

This week’s recipes will inspire you to add chia seeds to your diet with a delicious pudding recipe.This creamy mixture can be prepared days in advance, making it easy to quickly add different toppings each morning.

Recipe : makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 cups of strawberries or raspberries (or a combination; may substitute frozen)
4 tbsp Chia Seeds
2 cups of milk / or non-dairy maik
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp Maple syrup (optional)
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1 Banana (optional)
1⁄2 cup coconut cream (optional)

Directions
Quick and Easy — start by mixing the Chia seeds, milk, vanilla, maple syrup, fruit, and cin­na­mon in a blender and pour in to 4 indi­vid­ual serv­ings then refrig­er­ate for 1 hour.

Variations
Try dif­fer­ent fruit flavours and combinations. Mango and Cashew, Cacao and Dates – or whatever tickles your fancy. You can also add some chopped nuts, mint or coconut peels depend­ing on your taste!

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