Saturday, October 15, 2011

chocolate chia seed pudding

Chia seed pudding is a new obsession of mine! It couldn't be any easier, it's super tasty, great for you, and really filling. This has become my go-to snack!

I know what you're thinking cha-cha-cha Chia??? Yep. It's the same little seed.

Chia seeds are a normal part of South American cuisine, and are usually mixed into drinks called chia fresca. They are interesting little seeds that absorb about 12 times their weight in liquid. This means that they are a great source of soluble fiber, complete protein, and they release low-glycemic carbohydrates into your bloodstream for a long period of time. Translation: they help you feel full! Not only that, but they do not need to be ground, and they are the highest plant-derived source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Whoa.

All this is fine and dandy, but I honestly just enjoy eating them. Do you know how a tomato seed has the little gelatinous sack surrounding the outside of it? This is how chia seeds are also, once they are put into a liquid. It's almost like tapioca with a teeny little crunch in the middle. Chia seeds absorb any liquid, water, juice, milk, ect.. So, you can make chia seed 'pudding' with any liquid you want! Of course, I chose dark chocolate almond milk because it's super yummy!

p.s. I found these organic Nutiva chia seeds in the health food section at HEB. One bag will last you a loong time.


Chia Seed Pudding
1/2c chia seeds
2c dark chocolate almond milk

Optional Toppings:
goji berries
slivered almonds
carob chips
shredded coconut ---SO GOOD

Mix the chia seeds and almond milk. Cover, stir vigorously after 10 minutes, and then refrigerate for at least one hour. For best results, let sit overnight. Stir, and eat!!

This makes 2 cups of pudding. I have found success with a ratio of 1 part chia seed to 4 parts liquid, letting it sit overnight.

Let me know what you think!

Lots of love,
Lindsey

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