Let me preface this post by confirming that I was NOT into chia seeds when the craze first started. I mean, they are the same chia seeds you got with a chia pet, right?! Awkward… haha
BUT I’ll try anything. When I was challenged to add them to my weekly menu, I bought them…and now I’ve totally bought in. They are delicious and unbelievably nutritious!
My Tone It Up trainers had all the facts on why chia is so awesome:
- A rich source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, chia seeds give you the necessary nutrients for gorgeous hair, healthy nails, and smooth, glowing skin! Beauty starts on the inside ;)
- With 5 grams of protein per ounce, chia seeds are an amazing source of plant-based protein. Protein is an essential macronutrient needed for almost every function in your body. It even aids in weight control, and is a must for building lean muscle.
- They’re a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full, controlling hunger and balancing your appetite. It also means less sneaky snack attacks. Fiber helps regulate your system, which will contribute to detoxing!
- High in magnesium, potassium and calcium! These essential nutrients keep your body healthy and energized!
- They have the ability to absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, creating a unique gel that is incredibly hydrating and satisfying! Use chia seeds to make a vegan pudding or add some thickness to your smoothies…
- 1 C coconut milk (get the can – for some reason it just tastes better!)
- 1/4 C chia seeds
- 1-2 T maple syrup
- Toppings of your choice!
- In a glass container, add chia seeds and maple syrup to coconut milk.
- Whisk whisk whisk (Make sure you get all the little seeds in the corner of the bowl – if you don’t, those seeds might not absorb the liquid and will form a hard section in the corner!)
- Let the mixture sit for approximately 3 minutes then whisk again.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour (it’s best to do it overnight or in the morning to prep for an afternoon treat!)
- Eat alone or add healthy toppings like unsweetened coconut or raisins or fresh fruit!
There are so many possibilities – what would you put on your chia pudding?