A Functional Food
Used as an energy food for centuries, Chia has been rediscovered today as a “functional food” that can promote health or prevent disease. Chia seeds are considered to be one of nature’s richest vegetarian source of omega-3 and fibre. They are rich in antioxidants and contain 18 amino acids, three times more iron than spinach, six times more calcium than milk, and fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli!
The suggested daily intake of chia seeds is 2 to 4 tablespoons. Add milled chia into your smoothie or on top of salads, cereal, and yogurt. Milled chia also makes an excellent egg replacer. Use it to bind together your baked goods.
Chia “Tapioca” Pudding
When left in water, Chia Seeds begin to gel up in minutes (similarly to flax). The gelling creates a texture suitable for puddings.
- With water, blend your favourite fruits and berries with honey/agave/Coco Natura (similar proportions as if you were making a smoothie).
- Add white or black Chia (an aesthetic decision) to the mixture.
- Scoop into small bowls or cups.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- During this time, the Chia will gel forming a tapioca pudding texture. Experiment with this internally-cleansing, and extremely satisfying desert!
This Blueberry Chia Pudding was made with whole chia seeds. Experiment with milled chia to form different textures suitable to your recipe.