Ah, the mighty chia seed! How I adore thee and your super power nutritional benefits!
So what makes chia seeds the batman or superman of all the other little seeds? Well, the list is long, but chia seeds are full of: Omega-3 essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B, E, and D, as well as other key minerals.
Even better, all that strength is boxed up in a tiny package, making chia one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the market!! Amaze! Just two tablespoons of chia seeds contains 10 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, more calcium than milk, more Omega-3s than salmon, more iron than spinach, and more antioxidants than blueberries. Double amaze! This is not to say though that we should stop eating salmon, spinach, or blueberries or drinking milk….but rather why not try adding a tablespoon of chia seeds here or there to multiple your healthy goodness!
Some of my favorite ways to enjoy chia seed are in my eggy-oats, in smoothies, in chia pudding (recipe below), or in a kale salad!
The possibilities are endless. Now take this new found knowledge and let the chia force be with you! :)
Chia Seed Pudding
Prep 5 mins plus 2-4 hours for chilling (I like overnight)
2 & 1/2 cups almond milk
3 tbsp agave nectar
1/2 cup chia seeds
Place all ingredients in a jar with a lid
Seal the lid and shake until everything’s combined
Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days
Remove and top with; fresh fruit, dried fruit, sunbutter, whatever you like :)