Chia seeds are one of those things that I simply can’t live without. These protein packed superfoods are always in my cupboards, and if I can, then I’ll add them to almost anything. Muesli, granola, smoothies… I can just never get enough. And the health benefits of these bad boys are pretty astounding too!
I remember my first experience with chia. It was a chia pudding from Whole Foods, which I couldn’t wait to try. I think that it had mango puree on top, and was sprinkled with some coconut flakes. I was so excited about it! But, when I tasted it, it was just a big let-down! It was runny, watery and didn’t taste like much. I think my sister described it perfectly when she compared it to frog spawn!
I was determined to master and enjoy this! So, I bought a big bag of chia seeds, and they ended up just sitting in my cupboard for ages. I always seem to do that; buy stuff in bulk with good intentions, shove it in the cupboard with a promise that I’d use it. Then either completely forget about it, or have no clue what to do with it!
But, I was determined to use these! So, after a bit of research, I went in full chef mode. I couldn’t believe just how many options and different ways to enjoy chia seeds there were. From chia puddings to jams, I was completely lost at first! After looking up countless recipes, I decided to try to recreate the classic Chia Pudding first of all.
Trial and Error
I got the basic idea of what to do. As we all know the best way to perfect anything is through trial and error. So, I went for it. It was complete guess work, and I just sort of threw everything together. I’ll admit, it took a few goes to get it perfect.
It’s so simple, and quick to do that the actual making of it takes no time at all! It does have to be left to set though, at least for ½ hour. But I’ve found that overnight is best. I simply get it ready the night before, and then I’ve got a speedy and delicious breakfast / lunch in the morning. I’ve even eaten this for dinner or pudding before!
It’s one of those things that I just can’t stop eating! If there’s a big pot in front of me I’ll just eat, and eat, and eat until there’s nothing there. I can’t help it, I just love it so much, especially sprinkled with fresh fruit and layered with compote (the best way to enjoy this treat)!
And I don’t have to feel guilty about it! Not when you consider how amazing these little seeds are. I think it’s only fair that they get to feature as my next ‘Superfood Spotlight’. Because a superfood they are indeed!
When I first tried these, I knew they were ‘healthy’, but didn’t really have any idea about them. What they were, or where they came from. So, after a little research I was completely shocked! I didn’t know how something so small, could be so amazing and be filled with nothing but the good stuff. It’s no wonder the word ‘chia’ means strength in the Mayan language.
Small and Mighty
I love adding them to whatever I can, from smoothies, to muesli and granola. They’re a great source of fibre and protein, and even help to build stronger bones. Which is especially important if you have coeliac disease, as this can lead to brittle bones. If you’ve been diagnosed lately, then its more than likely that you’ve lacked that nourishment. And added bonus, they can even reduce signs of aging. Oh yeah!!
They’re basically little powerhouses full of amazingness. But it does depend on how they’re prepared. For example, they can’t be eaten raw (on a spoon) as this can be hard for your body to digest. They’re best eaten when mixed in with something else. This can be something as simple as water. They can be heated, crushed, blended, mixed into cereal or just sprinkled on top of yogurt.
Chia doesn’t really have much flavour and the seeds are quite tasteless on their own. Which is another reason that you should always add them to something else.
Full of so many health benefits and the staple to so many of my meals. I absolutely love these! If you’ve never tried these, then you must try a chia pudding. One of my favourite things to eat!
Time to embrace the good stuff!
Chia Pudding Recipe:
I seriously love chia pudding. It’s one of them things that I absolutely love, and could eat morning, noon and night. I love making up a big batch, and storing it in the fridge ready to eat. I find it best layered with a homemade fruit puree, lots of fresh fruit, and some of my super chunky granola! One of my favourite super easy, and quick go-to recipes. I prefer it thicker, but if you would rather have a runnier consistency, then just add less chia seeds.
- 3 Cups Milk – I use Coconut milk, but any dairy, or dairy substitute can be used
- 3/4 Cup Chia Seeds – This makes it slightly thicker, but less can be added if you prefer a thinner consistency
- Sprinkling of Coconut Sugar – Any sweetener can be used including honey, maple syrup…
- Pour milk into desired container
- Add the chia seeds a bit at a time, stirring continuously to ensure that the chia seeds are fully incorporated.
- Sprinkle on a bit of Coconut Sugar, again stirring until mixed in.
- Place in the fridge to set. This can take a few hours, but overnight is preferred.
- Once its ready, scoop out and enjoy! I love layering mine, but it can be enjoyed plain, or any way you prefer.
- The perfect way to get your superboost!
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