Why you need chia seeds in your diet
Photo used with permission from BakedBree
Perhaps biggest blip on the nutritional radar lately is the tiny but mighty chia seed. These seeds, scientifically named salvia hispanica, are healthfood powerhouses packed with fiber, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C and E. They have been shown to lower blood pressure, enhance energy, lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, aid digestion and boost bone and oral health.
Chia seeds are not new – in fact, they date back to the Aztecs – but they have only recently attracted the public spotlight. Aside from their unmistakable health benefits, they’re also incredibly versatile. Unlike flaxseeds, chia seeds don’t need to be ground before consumption. They don’t have a noticeable taste, so they can be added to all kinds of foods. Sprinkle them in yogurt or salads, add them to pancake mix and blend them into smoothies. When you combine chia seeds with water or milk, they form a gelatin-like substance that can even be used as an egg substitute in baked goods!
With so many possibilities, chia seed recipes come in all shapes and sizes. We found one from Baked Bree that we absolutely love because it keeps the focus on the seeds themselves. It’s an easy breakfast recipe that allows you to include your favorite fruits. Plus, the final product is way too gorgeous to ignore!
Chia Seed Pudding Recipe with Mango and Blueberry
- 2 ½ cups vanilla almond milk
- 3 tablespoons raw honey
- ½ cup chia seeds
- zest from one orange
- shredded coconut
Combine chia seeds and almond milk in a 1-quart mason jar and add honey and orange zest. Screw the lid on tightly, shake and store in the fridge over night until it becomes thick like pudding. Serve with fresh fruit and coconut.
Do you have any favorite chia seed recipes?
- Emma Stratigos
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