Chia seeds seem to be the trendy new super food. Who knew that you could eat the little seeds that used to produce those crazy Chia Pets?! Well you can, and you should!
These tiny black seeds are full of nutritional goodness. The word chia actually comes from chian which means oily, and similar to other healthy “oily” foods, they contain a high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids (Omega 3 fatty acids help to boost heart health, decrease depression, aid in inflammation recovery, and fight off a wide range of other ailments). Beyond the Omega 3 fatty acids, chia seeds are also high in fiber and protein.
You can eat them raw, add them to baked goods, sprinkle them on salads, blend them into a smoothie, or make them into delicious chia seed pudding. I was happy to see chia seeds as a new product at Trader Joe’s this weekend, and I knew right away that I wanted to try the Chia Seed Pudding recipe that was on the back of the bag:
Combine 1 C coconut milk (I used rice milk), 1/4 C chia seeds, 1/4 C honey (I used 2 T), and flavors of your choice (I used cinnamon). Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, serve & enjoy!
Easy enough! I combined the ingredients, stuck the bowl in the fridge, and waited.
Within a few hours I could tell that the chia seeds were absorbing the liquid and softening up. Once we were ready for a sweet treat after dinner, I put the chia pudding in a glass and added a handful of chopped cherries and a few chocolate chips on top!
In addition to being an easy, healthy recipe, it was truly delicious!
Have you tried chia seeds? Please share!