Chia has gained recent popularity for good reason; these little seeds are nutrient powerhouses:
- High in protein (great for lean muscle, burning fat, and balancing blood sugar levels).
- High in fiber (providing nearly 11 grams per ounce)
- Anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (this helps reduce the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancers).
Including chia seeds in your diet can deliver a healthy breakfast or afternoon energy boost because chia is associated with vitality and satiety due to the balance in fat, fiber and protein they contain. Chia absorbs water and expands, so if you enjoy the consistency of tapioca or rice pudding, this is a great snack for you.
CHIA SEED PUDDING
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tablespoon sliced or slivered almonds
1 Tablespoon dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup unsweetened dried cranberries or raisins
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon cinnamon or cardamom
½ teaspoon agave, honey or maple syrup (or to taste)
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or jar with a small whisk. Let sit refrigerated or at room temperature for 20-30 minutes, until desired texture is achieved and mixture has thickened. If chia pudding is too thick, add more almond milk one teaspoon at a time.
Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.
Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.
Improves mood, memory, and focus.
Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.