Tiny Superfood You Need to Know About
These seeds are tiny yet mighty in their nutritional benefits. They swell to 10 times their original size when placed in liquid, making them ideal for thickening puddings and smoothies. Let’s learn a bit about chia seed benefits.
Just a few of the tricks up the sleeves of chia seeds include…
- High in omega-3 fatty acids
- Great source of soluble and insoluble fiber
- More calcium than milk per serving
- Higher in antioxidants than blueberries
- High in vitamins A, B, D and E
- Loaded with magnesium
- Good source of protein
- Easy to digest and assimilate (low in phytates)
- Help balance blood sugar levels and get rid of sugar cravings
Chia is a true superfood
The direct translation of chia means strength in the Mayan language, and was a valuable food of traditional Mayan, Inca and Aztec people. Apparently they used to trade chia seeds for gold as they were such a valuable source of energy.
Some of my favorite ways to eat chia include soaking them for an hour in coconut milk and a bit of maple syrup and eating that for dessert or breakfast with fresh berries, sprinkling them on salads or soups, adding them to homemade crackers, blending them into my smoothies and of course, delectable chia puddings.
Not only are they highly nutritious, chia seeds are filling and tasty. Here’s one of my favorite chia seed recipes. For a lot more recipes with chia, read my article on Chia Seed Pudding Made Easy, where I have a bunch more chia seed recipes. Also, check out my very popular chia recipe, Purple Sweet Potato Chia Pudding. Everyone loves that recipe too.
Strawberry Banana Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon stevia
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill in refrigerator until the chia turns into a pudding consistency, about 20 minutes.
- You can eat this pudding just like this, or if you desire a smooth consistency, add all ingredients and process until super smooth and then chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Either way is great. You can top with homemade granola if you want a heartier breakfast option. For a pretty presentation, try dividing the mixture before blending and reserve one mixture without blending. Then layer each mixture for an added variation in texture. Enjoy.
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