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Chia Seed Pudding

Have you tried chia seeds? They are super good for you. I have only just tried them recently me myself. Chia is the Mayan word for strength. These little seeds were a big staple of the Aztec and Mayans diet. One single serving of chia seeds contains 42% of your daily need for fiber and it packs more omega 3 fatty acids than a piece of salmon. Chia seeds will absorb up to 12 times their own weight, making you feel full longer. They are great to throw in smoothies and pudding.

Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups milk (I used hemp milk.  Almond milk would work too.)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup blueberries
1 orange cut into segments
zest of one orange
1 tsp ground vanilla beans
1/4 cup goji berries
2 T cacao nibs

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and chill in the fridge for a few hours. Makes 4 servings.  Takes all of 5 minutes to make and will keep you full for a long time afterward.

Recipe from “My Whole Food Life

Chia Seed Pudding

 

 

FOOD BABE’S CHIA SEED FRUIT SALAD

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Author: Food Babe

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

⅓ cup chia seeds

2 cups nut milk of your choice

4 cups of diced fruit of your choice (for this recipe I used pears and strawberries)

¼ cup currants or raisins or goji berries

zest of one orange

juice of one orange

1 tbsp vanilla

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ cup shredded coconut

mint leaves for decoration

 Instructions:

Add 1 cup diced fruit and a sprinkle of currents to 4 different bowls

Combine nut milk, chia seeds, orange juice, zest, vanilla and cinnamon in a small pitcher and stir

Pour ½ cup mixture on top of fruit in bowls

Top fruit bowls with shredded coconut

Refrigerate fruit bowls for at least 30 mins (or chill overnight)

Top each bowl with a mint leaf before serving

Chia seeds grow 10 times their weight in size when combined with liquid, helping the body stay hydrated and full. The word “chia” comes from the Aztec word that means “oily” — the oils found in this small little round seed is the secret to its health benefits. Having the most content of omega 3 fatty acids of any plant food, they fight inflammation in the body, reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression.

Chia Seed Tips: Remember to store chia seeds in an airtight container. My favorite brand of Chia Seeds is from Nutiva because they 100% organic and I love their support for GMO-labeling… you can get a 12 ounce bag for much cheaper directly from their website (and they have a 10 dollar off coupon if you like them on Facebook! That’s like a free bag of chia seeds!)

Courtesy of “Food Babe” http://foodbabe.com/