Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant, a member of the mint family that originated in Central and South America. According to legend, the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds as a source of energy.
For such a small seed, chia seeds contain some important nutrients.
- Excellent source of fiber. Chia seeds can absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, expand, and become gel-like. This allows chia seeds to slow down the process of emptying your stomach, which helps you feel full longer and helps regulate bowel movements. Chia seeds are also a great source of pre-biotics, which essentially act as nourishment for the healthy bacteria in your intestines and help maintain optimal digestive function.
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Known for its anti-inflammatory effects, as well as improving brain and potentially heart health. Chia seeds contain omega-3s in vegetable form: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which makes them a valuable source for vegans and vegetarians.
- Vegetable protein. By consuming adequate protein, your body can maximize and support muscle regeneration.
- Contains antioxidants to fight free radicals that can damage cells in the body and weaken immunity.
- Rich in minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, and calcium, which are necessary for bone health.
Chia pudding recipe
1 cup of coconut milk or milk of your choice
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup honey or coconut syrup (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Mix the basic ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
Transfer the pudding into small glasses or glasses. Chill the pudding for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Add your favorite topping.
- chocolate: Stir in 1 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder or cocoa nibs.
- Superfood powder mix: Add 1 tbsp Your favorite superfood mix. I like to use açai, matcha, collagen or maca powder.
- Nut butter: Whether used as a topping or stirred into the mixture. I like to use raw almond or cashew butter.
- Fruit: Another way to completely change the taste of your chia pudding is to add extra nutrients at the same time. I like berries, bananas, apples, pears, mango and pineapples.
- Coconut: Top with desiccated coconut or coconut flakes.
- seed: Sprinkle with roasted pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, linseed, hemp or buckwheat grains.
- Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, etc. are all amazing ways to add a dash of flavor.
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