Yes, you probably want to start singing the jingle from the commercial: Ch-ch-ch-chia (pet).
And yes, you can eat this seed!
Who would have thought it was so healthy back in the day?
This recipe is so easy to make it’s almost too good to be true AND the kids love it!
For 1 to 2 servings:
- 1 cup coconut, almond, or hemp milk
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 banana
- ½ cup blueberries (frozen are OK)
- Handful of almonds or walnuts, if desired
- Cinnamon, to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and let them sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Stir after a few minutes, as the chia is “gelling” into a pudding-like consistency. Let it sit in the refrigerator about 20 minutes or until ready to eat.
If you find the pudding too thick, you can add more milk or a little water. If you find the pudding too thin, add more chia or any of the other ingredients to make it thicker.
You really can’t go wrong with chia pudding, it’s custom-made for you.
Now, let’s talk about the health benefits of chia. It is a superfood, for sure. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provides fiber as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Another great benefit of chia seeds is that they are easily snuck into other foods ~ sprinkle them into your oatmeal, yogurt, trail mix, salads, smoothies, cereal, wraps, sandwiches and so much more!
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