Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chia Seeds= Heaven

Why have I just started hearing about these magical little Chia Seeds? These little bad boys pack a powerful punch and are tasty to boot! It is a win-win situation folks!

Here are some pretty amazing facts about Chia Seeds...

**They have more omega-3 than salmon!
**They have more antioxidants than blueberries!
**They have more fiber than flax seed!
**They have more calcium than milk!
**They have more magnesium then broccoli!
**They have more iron than spinach!

If that isn't enough to convince you to try them, then here are a few more...

**Aids in weight loss by suppressing food cravings and keeping you feeling full!
**Reduces glucose levels!
**They are gluten free!
**Will have you feeling more energized!

I love to add a tablespoon to my morning smoothie, mix it in with my overnight oats, use it for a topping on my greek yogurt, and to make Chia Seed Pudding! The seeds, when wet, form a thick, smooth texture that allows for 25% reduction of sodium and/or sugar. If you like boba tea, boba tapioca pearls like the ones they usually have at frozen yogurt bars, or tapioca pudding you will love the texture of these seeds. Plus they have no taste, allowing them to take on the flavor of whatever you are adding them into! I really can't go a day with out these powerful little guys.

If you are curious about trying these, they can typically be found in your local grocery store in the Health Food Section. There are so many recipes out there that I can't wait to try. I will leave you today with one of my recent favorites:

Chai Seed Pudding

Serves 2
2 Cups of Sugar Free Vanilla Almond Milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/8 cup of maple syrup
3/8 cup of Chia Seed (use 1/4 cup once full and then fill half full to get 3/8 a cup)
Cinnamon for garnish

Mix the almond milk, vanilla, and maple syrup together until well blended. Carefully fold in the chia seeds. Cover and allow to sit in the fridge over night for best results. **I will probably add a little more chia seeds on my next batch to make it a little thicker consistency.

Have you tried Chia Seeds before? If so what are some of your favorite recipes?


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