Chia is trending as a powerhouse seed. This nutrient-rich food is bursting with fiber (it has more than traditional oatmeal), omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), and is a good source of anti-oxidants, magnesium, potassium and iron, you can find it in large bags, single serving packs and even mixed into yogurts in many markets.
You can make your own “chia pudding” by mixing ½ cup of chia seeds with about 2 ½ cups of almond or almond/coconut milk. Add a bit of agave or maple syrup for an additional bit of sweetness. Mix the ingredients well in a container, refrigerate, and then mix it every other hour for about two to three cycles. That extra mixing allows some of the chia that fall to the bottom to be re-circulated. The seeds literally “poof up” as they absorb moisture from the milk. You’ll get a pudding-like consistency and a yield of about 4 servings. You’ll be able to figure out the calories per serving easily, since there are only three ingredients. Looking for a slightly more creative recipe? Check out this chia pudding recipe: http://ow.ly/vlmhP
You can also mix chia into salads, smoothies, home-baked muffins, meat-based and meatless “meat loaf,” soups, chili, oatmeal, yogurt and even into a “crust” mixture you make for chicken or fish.
No time to make the pudding? Chia pods are now available nationwide in healthy food markets. A mixture of chia seeds, fruit and coconut milk, these grab and go items are perfect for breakfast or snacking. For more information, check out: http://www.thechiaco.com.au/products/chia-pod