Chia seeds are everywhere now and have so many amazing health benefits. Until a year ago, I only associated chia seeds with Chia Pets. Now I include them in my diet daily. The seed contains one of the highest plant forms of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and are a complete source of carbohydrate, protein, fat, and fiber. Chia seeds have so many benefits including:
~they have been known to help reduce blood pressure
~stabilize blood sugar
~can give you energy
When added to liquid, they form a gel. The seeds can soak up to 9 times their weight in water. You can either make a gel to add to recipes or water or use them as is since they are easily digested.
I add a TBSP to a big glass of water and fresh lemon squeezed into it. I add it to my yogurt, my smoothies, cereal, my overnight oats,or sprinkled on stir-fry. No matter how I eat it, I aim for 1 TBSP a day.
I love desserts. When you try to eat a clean healthy diet, desserts often don’t fit into it. I was craving pumpkin pie so I made a pumpkin chia pudding. I really enjoyed it.
Pumpkin chia Pudding with Honey Noosa topping
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup canned pumkin
1 TBSP honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refridgerate for at least 3 hours. Top it with a TBSP or two of honey Noosa yogurt and sprinkle with walnuts and a few dried cranberries. Should keep for a few days in your refridgerator.
Overnight Oats and Berrys with Chia seeds
You will often find these overnight oats or a variation of them in my refridgerator. They are easy, tasty, nutritious, and keep you full for along time.
I like to layer them in mason jars and make a couple at a time. You can try different berries or pumpkin instead of the blueberries.
1/4 cup of dry quick oats
1/2 TBSP of Chia seeds
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 sliced banana
1/2 cup blueberries
cinnamon to taste
optional sweetener if you need it or want it. I leave it out.
Layer in a mason jar and refridgerate overnight. Shake and open and enjoy. I top mine with walnuts but granola or any nut would work if you like crunch.