This is a firm favourite meal of ours and so versatile and easy enough everyone can make it and tweak it how you like it. But why add Chia into your diet? What’s the craze about?
So what is a Chia Seed?
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is related to the mint [Strange hey] Back in the day they were prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”
What are the benefits to eating Chia seeds?
Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet, loaded with nutrients!
- They deliver a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories, 28 grams serving of chia seeds contains:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the RDI.
Manganese: 30% of the RDI.
Magnesium: 30% of the RDI.
Phosphorus: 27% of the RDI.
They also contain a decent amount of zinc, vitamin B3 (niacin), potassium, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin B2 according to Healthline
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Almost all the carbs in them is fibre – Theoretically, this should increase fullness, slow absorption of your food and help you automatically eat fewer calories.
- High in quality protein
- High in Omega 3 Fatty acids
- Given that chia seeds are high in fiber, protein and omega-3s, they may reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health, namely calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein
- Chia seeds are incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet, they have little taste so you can add them to almost anything. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridge, pudding, smoothies or added to baked goods. Sprinkle them on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
- Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and as egg substitutes in recipes or mixed with water and turned into a gel
OVERNIGHT VANILLA CHIA SEED PUDDING
DIFFICULTY: EASY PREP TIME: 5 MIN TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS
- 250g Chia seeds
- 300ml Almond milk – You can also use coconut milk, plain yoghurt or any type of milk.
- 1 tbsp Vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp Raw honey
- 200 g fresh blueberries
- In a mixing bowl, pour your almond milk, vanilla, honey and whisk to combine.
- Add chia seeds to the milk and whisk until combined.
- Cover your bowl and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3 hours (until it has achieved a pudding-like consistency). Enjoy!
Recipe created by Faith from Edenairs – Follow her here Edenairs.com