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This week: CHIA SEEDS!
Uses: Put in: smoothie, yogurt, granola, cereal, fruit salad etc…
Make: chia pudding, chia water, chia jelly etc….
More chia ideas from NoshOnIt
Benefits: Everything good!
My two favorites recipes using chia are chia seed pudding and chia seed water. They are basically the same recipe just altered amounts of water. I keep mason jars of chia water in the fridge at all times and I enjoy especially after a workout! The seeds are said to have been used by Aztec warriors to keep them hydrated over long periods of time. The seeds absorb about 70% of their size in water and then basically slow release as you digest…cool!! I would recommend you try different ratios of water:chia and find the texture that you like best. Don’t be afraid of messing this up: literally impossible! In pudding form, think of it like tapioca pudding texture; in water, think of it as little jelly balls giving you extra hydration! There are endless variations to these so as I make new versions I’ll post them but please share yours too!
Chai Chia ‘Pudding’:
3 cups Almond-Coconut Milk
1/2 cup Chia Seeds
1/4 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
*I made this one a little more loose than regular pudding recipe. Drinking it is so satisfying!
Chia Seed Water:
3/4 cup Chia Seeds
8 cups Water/Coconut water
1 tsp. Rose Water (love!)*
1 squeezed Citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange)
Fruit (berries, mango, papaya, pineapple)*
1. Put ingredients in jar. Let sit for at least 30 minutes then stir to breakdown any clumps of chia.
*It is a very easy recipe and when I make the puddings or water I will add more liquid as I use it to make it last longer. Obviously the ratio of chia:liquid decreased but it still provides all the benefits of the seeds!