Thursday, August 21, 2014

CHIA SEED PUDDING #TryThis



You've probably heard of Chia Seeds, or maybe you spotted them during your last visit to the health food store. You know it's healthy, but not sure exactly why or how to eat it. The little black seeds almost look like black sesame seeds, only smaller, and can be sprinkled on top of salads, incorporated into smoothies and baked goods, and turned into a delicious pudding, which is my personal favorite way to eat it. Before I share my recipe for Chia Pudding, let me run down a few benefits of having a daily dose of chia seeds.

1. An ounce of chia seeds is already equivalent to a third of your required dietary fibre, which is important to digestive health.
2. An ounce of chia seeds also contains 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids. Before you panic, these are good fats, essential for brain health.
3. Chia seeds contain almost 30 percent of your body's daily requirement of Phosphorus and almost 20 percent of it's calcium needs, important for strong teeth and bones.
4. An ounce of Chia seeds contains 5.5 grams of protein, and no cholesterol. A great protein source for vegetarians and those watching their weight.
5.Chia seeds stabilize blood sugar and helps say goodbye to belly fat. YAY!
6. Chia seeds help make you feel full faster meaning, bye bye over eating.

Ok, do I need to give you any more reasons to at least give it a go? To start you off, here's my favorite Chia Pudding recipe. It's super easy and I usually have it for breakfast, about 30 minutes before a workout, or as a post-work out snack. Heck, have it whenever you want.



CHIA PUDDING

Ingredients:

3/4 cup coconut milk (replace with soy or almond milk)
1/4 cup buko juice (If using coconut milk, otherwise use 1 cup soy or almond milk)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
Honey, to taste

How to:

Mix all the ingredients together in a jar and store in the refrigerator overnight. It should be a nice gel-like substance the next day. This is usually enough for 2-3 servings. What I like to do is mix fruits and nuts into it. When I use coconut milk, I add pineapple for a pina colada flavored pudding, sometimes I add cocoa powder before putting in the fridge and then top it off with mint. The choice is yours! ENJOY!

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