By: The Working Girl’s Kitchen
I noticed that we don’t have enough recipes on here to satiate a sweet-craving. Here’s a dish that is ridiculously simple to make, healthy and delicious. There’s no cooking involved! The pudding makes for a great snack or a great breakfast.
Chia seeds when soaked in liquid expand, so the texture of the pudding is tapioca-like.
Below are the reasons why chia seeds are considered a superfood:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds’ lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids — specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
Fiber: Fiber is associated with reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and regulating bowel function. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, with a whopping 10 grams in only 2 tablespoons. That is one-third of the daily recommended intake of fiber per day.
Antioxidants: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer. The high antioxidant profile also helps them have a long shelf life. They last almost two years without refrigeration.
Minerals: Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the DRI for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.
- Mix all ingredients in a container. Place in fridge to soak overnight.
- If you want, top your pudding with blueberries, bananas, toasted almond slivers, dates, etc. Depending on your taste, you may also add more honey and cinnamon prior to eating.
- 2 cups of liquid (milk, almond milk, coconut milk – I used light coconut milk)
- 2 tbs honey or pure maple syrup
- 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 6 tbs chia seeds