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Chia Seed Pudding
Why Chia Seeds? A Few Health Benefits of Chia
Chia seeds seem to be popping up everywhere these days. You'll find them in recipes for smoothies, puddings, cakes, breakfast cereals, breads, and even lemonades (if you haven't tried chia fresca - which is a kind of lemonade drink popular in Mexico and some other South American countries - yet and are skeptical, you are in for a treat!).
And it's no wonder why. Chia seeds are an ancient crop with numerous health benefits. They are probably best known for their Omega-3 fatty acids content. They are also an excellent source of calcium, contain twice as much potassium as bananas, 3 times the reported antioxidant strength of blueberries, and 3 times more iron than spinach.
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe
Honestly, there are few recipes that are easier than this. There is no cooking required. I like to make it with a blender, but you don't have to. Simply mixing all the ingredients together and letting it stand in a cool place for a few hours or overnight, will result in a delicious pudding that you and your family will enjoy.
Chia Seed Pudding
- 2 cups non-dairy milk (I like to use almond or organic soy milk)
- 0.5 cup chia seeds (using organic seeds is recommended)
- 1 or 2 tablespoons of sweetener of choice (maple syrup, agave nectar, or just brown sugar. You can also use a packet or two of stevia)
Simply blend all the ingredients together for a delicious snack or dessert.
Alternatively, for a more tapioca-style texture, just mix up the chia seeds with liquid and let sit for 4 hours.
The end result tastes surprisingly great. Definitely worthy of breakfast, dessert, or snacking.
You can even turn your humble pudding into an elegant creation that you can serve to your family or guest (see my photo below, with chocolate and pecans).
Add these spice/topping combinations, or create one of your own!
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste (add to the mix), top with banana slices
- Use coconut milk, add 1 teaspoon vanilla, top with strawberries and grated coconut
- More Topping/Garnish ideas: lime zest, chopped or slivered nuts, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate pieces, fresh mint, pinch of cinnamon.
Chia Pudding with Almond Milk, Chocolate, and Pecanships
Chia Seeds: The Ancient Food of Aztecks
Chia Seeds and Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Did you know that ounce for ounce it contains more omega-3s than fatty fish, such as salmon?
It's a truly amazing source of this nutrient.
And all that without the added mercury, and other toxins, as well as no contribution to ocean depletion and killing.
Even though you may like eating fish and don't care about the state of our oceans or whether or not fish feel pain - you may still want to consider finding good plant sources of omega 3s or plant-based supplements - for your own health sake. Many experts are warning about the toxicity of fish and health dangers that are a consequence of that (including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other).
The good news is that many plant foods are an excellent sources of omega 3s (chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, as well as leafy greens and many other). Plant-based supplements are also easy to find these days (you may want to search online).
After all, where do fish get their omega 3s?....
That's right, from plants!
Chia Seeds Benefits: Superior Source of Omega 3s
Use any fresh fruits as topping for your chia pudding
Like flax seeds, chia seeds are highly hydrophilic: the seeds absorb water and create a delightful gel-like texture. They can hold over 10 times their weight in water and they absorb it very quickly- in less than ten minutes.
Note: Chia Seeds Side Effects for Diabetics and Heart Patients
Chia seeds are an excellent food for diabetics. They are rich in protein, high in healthy fats, yet low in sugar. They have been recommended as a great ingredient for people who are trying to bring their blood sugar levels back to normal.
In fact, they are so effective in helping to stabilize blood sugar levels and blood pressure, I've seen recommendations that you need to with your doctor before regularly adding chia seeds to your diet if you are on any blood sugar or blood pressure regulating medication. If you regularly eat these foods (as well as follow other healthy eating guidelines), your doctor may need to reduce your dosage for you.
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