Many of you may remember way back when the “Chia Pet” was popular?
They were flying off the shelves in toy stores and drug stores as the new toy that actually grew chia “hair”.
However, in cultures long ago, the chia seed was eaten as it was thought to be very nutritious. The beginning of the chia seed, which as Dr. Andrew Weil tells us, is from the salvia hispanica plant
It is a member of the mint family. These seeds may have had a rather humble beginning in our country but for the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans, they had quite an important role. Chia means strength. The able bodied warriors consumed plenty of these powerful seeds in abundance as sustenance for running long distances during battles. These seeds had they believed, other medicinal benefits as well such as relieving joint pain and soothing sore skin rashes.
Today, this little seed is gaining much popularity, yet still many people don’t know what to do with them.
What are chia seeds exactly? Chia seeds are essentially an unprocessed grain food that the body can absorb whole and offers us many health benefits. What this little seed can do is quite astonishing!
5 Fun Facts About the Cha Cha Chia:
* they have more calcium than milk!
* they more omega 3’s than salmon!
* they have more antioxidants than blueberries!
* they are high in fiber!
* they are high in protein!
This pudding is a awesomely creamy, thick and rich. Just make sure to blend up the chia seeds in the blender first before adding the rest of the ingredients if you want a totally creamy pudding. Otherwise, chia seeds can gel much like a tapioca.
This dessert is quick and easy, made with just a few ingredients. It satisfies your sweet tooth but tastes rich, creamy and delicious! It is one of my favorite things to eat really any time of day!
- 2 cups nondairy milk (I like unsweetened soy vanilla 365 brand or Unsweetened organic chocolate almond milk)
- 2/3 cup raw cacao powder ( I use Healthworks brand)
- 1/3 cup organic chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch of Celtic Salt
- 1 tablespoon cinammon
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup ( or sub 1/2 cup soft dates with pits removed)
- 1/4 cup almond or nut butter
- Optional Toppings:
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Mini dark chocolate chips, dairy free
- non dairy whipped cream like Tru Whip
- Blend in high speed blender the chia seeds on low/medium speed for couple minutes until pulverized
- Add all of the ingredients above into the blender.
- Blend on high until completely smooth, about 5 minutes.
- Pour into 2 or 3 glasses and chill until cold and set, about an hour. You can eat it at this stage if desired but it will be best if cold and more set.
- Top with desired toppings.
One of my absolute favorite ways to eat chia seeds is in Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding. Rich and creamy, clean and healthy, this is a great way to feel like you’re eating sinful but, I promise, that you will love this pudding and so will your family!
You can pick up chia seeds at Costco and on Amazon.