You’ve probably seen them in packages at the grocery store and they are popping up in snacks, power bars and drinks. Chia seeds are high in omega-3s and fiber, they are also very versatile making them the it-food of 2013. We sure did get them wrong when we stuck them on potted ceramic animals in the 90s and gave them as gag gifts at Christmas.
With a high fiber content, just a small amount of chia seeds can help keep you fuller longer. For the same reason, you should only eat about one ounce per day so a fiber overload doesn’t upset your stomach. When the seeds get wet they form a gel-like substance around them, which in turn takes longer to digest. Since they don’t have much of a taste you can put a tablespoon in smoothies, yogurt, over oatmeal even in pancake batter for a little added nutrients
A great source of omega-3s, chia seeds are safe for pregnant moms looking to cut out fish due to mercury levels. Omega-3s are good during the prenatal period for developing brain health.
Here’s a quick pudding recipe as part of a HIP Chia Seed Starter Kit. Pick up a pack of seeds today!
Mango Coconut Chia Pudding Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup fresh ripe mango, diced
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
4-6 drops liquid stevia (or honey to taste)
Combine all ingredients in a large container. Mix well and close container. Refrigerate overnight or at least 5-6 hours.