Ch Ch Ch Chia! When I first learned about chia seeds all I could think about was the chia pet! Remember the American styled terracotta figurines that resembled animal fur or hair? Little did I know I would soon be eating them (not chia pets, but chia seeds) on a daily basis.
Chia is one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. Loaded with antioxidants, healthy omega’s and tons of fibre, chia packs a huge nutrition punch in any recipe its added to. One of my favourite properties of chia seeds is its health healing benefits. Being high in dietary fiber, chia seeds regulate bowel movements and help keep you full longer. They also help pull toxins out of your body as they expand in your stomach when combined with water and create a broom-like action of sweeping your digestive tract clean.
- Breakfast: Enjoy this as a satiating breakfast and feel free to top with your favourite, fresh fruit.
- Snack: half the recipe and enjoy as a satisfying snack. Just be careful not to eat too much otherwise you won’t be hungry for your next meal.
- Feeling constipated? Consume about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of chia pudding and see how it helps regulate your bowel. TIP: make sure to drink lots of water at least 30 minute before and after your pudding. Too much fibre without enough water can also back you up!
- 1 cup unsweetened Almond milk or Coconut milk
- ¼ cup Chia Seeds
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Ginger
- ¼ tsp Cardamom
- Pinch Cloves
- Option: Instead of spices, you can steep a chai tea bag in ¼ cup hot water and use ¼ cup less milk
- Garnish: shredded coconut & sliced banana
- Combine almond milk with spices or with steeped chai tea then add in the chia seeds. Stir to remove any clumps.
- Allow to sit for at least forty minutes, but preferably overnight. Keep the mixture in the fridge to keep it fresh and to allow it to become firmer.