Chia seeds are a nutritious little seed from Mexico, that are gaining popularity because they’re rich in fiber, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Their protein content is about 4 to 6 grams per 2 tablespoons, (depending on which report you read) and are a source of complete protein (meaning they contain all the essential amino acids). It’s also said that they have a lubricative effect on the lining of the colon, improving waste elimination, which is good news for any one suffering from bowel problems or autoimmune diseases.
Chia seeds don’t have a flavor of their own, but take on the flavor of anything they’re mixed with. They will absorb the moisture of the other ingredients and swell to form a gelatinous membrane, creating a pudding or jello like consistency. Once moisture is absorbed, they’re no longer crunchy, which makes them great for flavored drinks, smoothies, or juices. When you mix these little guys in, you can get your serving of fruit without worrying about sugar levels spiking. The fibers, fats, and proteins of the chia seeds will prevent it.
Here’s my recipe for chia drink:
1 16 oz bag of frozen berries and cherries (or your favorite fruit), defrosted and pureed in a blender
pour 4 oz or ½ cup of the pureed fruit into 4 glasses
add 1 ½ cups water to each glass
add 2 tbsp chia seed to each glass and stir well *
sweeten with stevia
refrigerate 20 minutes before serving
optional: sometimes I add chlorophyll drops or fresh spinach to the blender to get a serving of greens.
*Note: you’ll need to stir for about a minute or two to prevent clumping.
I use the 16 oz plastic cups you see in the picture above, because they have lids and measurement lines on the side to make measuring ½ cup easier.
Recipe for chia pudding:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite milk)
3 to 4 tbsp chia seed
1 tsp vanilla extract ( or your favorite flavor)*
sweeten with stevia and stir well
refrigerate over night
*Note: some extracts are stronger than others. Peppermint and anise only need ¼ tsp. Almond extract only needs ½ tsp.
This makes a great desert for those times you want to treat yourself and not feel guilty. The only sugars are from the milk, and if you use unsweetened almond milk, there is no sugar.