Right now it’s about noon o’clock, CST… and I don’t mean Central Standard Time.I’m talking about a different, sexier kinda time: Chia Seed Time.
Yes, the chia seeds I’m talking about are the same seeds used on a Chia Pet. But before you get freaked out by the fact that you can eat the same seeds that sprout green fur on a clay animal, hear me out.
Chias and tummies go way back. Back to the Mayans and Aztecs who used to eat these lil guys for sustained energy and strength. Check out what’s in just 1 tbsp of chias:
-5g of fiber (this keeps you feeling full and satisfied and helps…ya know…move things along. …I’m talking about poop, guys)
-3g of protein (woohoo! muscle building and repair!)
-vitamins and minerals including calcium, manganese, and potassium
-Omega 3 fatty acids (an essential fat needed for numerous bodily functions. Beneficial for heart health, reducing inflammation, and more! Omega 3s aren’t produced in the body, so we need to get them from dietary sources. Chia is great for this!)
So…what do we do with these guys? Well, I throw them in oatmeal, on salads, mix them into cookies for healthy crunch, put them in GREEN BEASTS, use them as an egg replacer for baking, the list goes on! I basically go out of my way to incorporate them into my diet. But, one of my favorite things to do is make CHIA GEL!
…errr let’s just call it pudding. That sounds more appetizing.
CHIA PUDDING! (gluten-free, vegan, raw, refined sugar-free)
Another amazing thing about chias is they absorb liquid, which causes them to expand and “gel” when they have prolonged contact with liquid. This makes them great for hydration, but also amazing for a twist on a healthy snack! I make a batch of this every few days in a plastic container and just eat spoonfuls of it whenever I want! I especially love it before and/or after a workout. It’s delicious, but if you’re not into weird consistencies, consider yourself warned.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 ¼ cup milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 or 2 tsp liquid sweetener (ie: agave, maple syrup, honey, etc. If using liquid stevia, use about 4-5 drops. Whatever sweetener you use, you can adjust the amt to suit your desired level of sweetness.)
- some dashes of cinnamon
- teeny pinch of salt (TEENY. this is just to bring out the sweetness)
1. Mix everything together in a plastic container until combined. Take a taste and adjust anything you’d like (if too sweet, add more milk, if not sweet enough, add more sweetener, etc.)
2. Set mixture in the fridge for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After this time it will be a soft gel, but the longer it sits, the thicker it will get! (You might notice it gelling unevenly or clumping, but just stir it around and the clumps will break up. You can even get a whisk in there if you’re feeling sassy.)
Yum! Nothing like some low-quality iphone pics to get y’all on board the chia train.
Keep your pudding in the fridge and snack on it as you wish! It’s good for about 5-7 days.
Play around: add in some cocoa powder for a chocolate pudding! Throw in some fruit (mashed ripe banana is a personal fave), try yogurt instead of milk! Play around with extracts and flavorings, get creative!
Chias are weird as hell, but I love them dearly. Give them a try and see for yourself! Please let me know what you think
Have you had chia seeds before? How have YOU used them?