Looking for a food packed with a punch? Then you’re looking for chia seeds. Many consider those babies to be the richest plant-based source of dietary fiber, protein, and Omega-3’s. In one tablespoon, you get six grams of fiber, three grams of protein, and 2.9 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids. That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Chia seeds are from a flowering plant in the mint family, originating in central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, used for centuries as a staple, energy-giving food. How can we use these seeds? Chia can be added to snacks, muffins, salads, drinks (check out kombucha and chia seeds!!), you name it! Today I leave you with a killer recipe for a chia seed pudding!! This recipe is DELICIOUS!! This is a fab start to the day or for an energy boosting snack. Check it out!!
1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk
1 cup plain low-fat (2 percent) Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (pecans are also delicious)
In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with the almonds.
Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses; mound the berry mixture on top and serve.
Photograph by Kana Okada