Chia pudding

Posted 04/08/2014 | By HealthCorps

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

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