Have you tapped into the power of chia seeds? These nutritious little wonders are a popular superfood and for good reason. They are an affordable way to get a little extra fiber, vitamins and minerals into your diet.
What are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds are part of the mint family and come from a plant that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. Their use dates back to the time of the Aztecs.
What they lack in size chia seeds make up for in nutrients. These tiny black seeds are rich in iron, fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 6g of protein and a whopping 10g of fiber, almost half of the recommended daily value.
How Do You Use Chia Seeds?
Since they are tiny the best way to use chia seeds is to add them to liquids. Upon doing this the chia seeds swell up and become gelatinous, which makes for an enticing texture in puddings, smoothies and other beverages.
Of course, you could also sprinkle whole or ground chia seeds over salads or add them to oatmeal, pancakes and breads.
Chia Seed Pudding Ideas
Puddings and chia seeds were just meant to go together and make a great breakfast or dessert.
This vegan pudding is a simple yet delicious blend of coconut milk, agave, chia seeds, berries and almond milk.