Chia Seed Pudding


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chia – such a fun word.  But what is it really?

Chia seed is one of the great plant sources for Omega-3 fatty acids.  80% of Americans are deficient in this fatty acid and your body cannot make it, you must eat it.  If you struggle with anxiety or depression, make sure you are getting enough Omega-3 fatty acid!

The nutritional profile of chia seed is quite impressive.  Chia seed is about 20% protein, 35% oil, and 25% dietary fiber. They are high in antioxidants and also offer a range of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and boron (which acts as a catalyst for calcium absorption in the body). They are one of the richest vegetable sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help protect against heart disease and inflammation, and they are especially beneficial for those with diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. They contain all nine essential amino acids and are a great source of vitamin B-17.

1/4 cup of chia seed provides as much calcium as 3 cups of milk, as much magnesium as 10 stalks of broccoli, 25 % more dietary fiber than flax seed, 30 % more antioxidants than blueberries.

I have started eating chia seed pudding most every day.  I find it extremely satisfying — I don’t get hungry for quite some time and it is super easy to make.

I make varying amounts but my usual is the following:

Put 3/4 – 1 cup of milk into a bowl or jar (I usually use almond milk)

Add 3-4 Tbsp chia seed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love peanut butter but I am careful to not eat too much of it because of its high fat content.  While I was on the TSFL program, I learned about PB2.  It is powdered peanut butter.  Basically they have taken the oil out of the peanuts and dehydrated down what was left into a powder.  You can add it to tons of things where you then have a nice peanut flavor without all the fat.

So with my chia pudding I put in 2 Tbsp PB2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last ingredient in the chia pudding is Agave syrup.  I use about 1 Tbsp.

I know people have varying opinions about if Agave is a good sweetener or not.  In many things where I hear conflicting opinions, I pay attention to how my body does with the substance.  For me, Agave is good — it has a low glycemic value — no blood sugar spikes (which I do get from honey).  But if you don’t like Agave, use whatever sweetener that you like.

 

Mix everything together and let stand for at least 15 minutes.  Chia has an amazing ability to absorb liquid so you want to give it time to do this.

 

 

 

 

Chia Seed Pudding

Put in bowl or jar and mix:

3/4-1 cup of milk

3-4 T chia seed

2 T PB2

1 T Agave sweetener

Let stand for at least 15 minutes, stir, and enjoy!

If you would like to read more about chia seed, go here.

 

One word of caution about chia seeds — they love to get stuck between your teeth!  They are tiny little things so use care on when and where you eat it.  I always immediately head for a mirror to make sure I get them cleared out! Don’t want to frighten anyone with little dark things stuck between my teeth – lol!  If my son is around I can be assured that he will let me know that they are there.

Chia seed also has recently doubled in price (at least around here).  I have been told that there will be a new supply in August but until then be prepared to pay about $9/lb for these little guys.  I am using them carefully — but still using them because I feel better when I eat them.

Feed your body well and feel well!

~Connie

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Chia Seed Pudding”

  1. Liz Says:

    Looks good! I wanna try it! Where do u get the ingredients?

  2. Connie Says:

    Joan & Liz – I have gotten chia at health food stores in their bulk section. I recently saw that WINCO also carries it in bulk.
    I saw PB2 at Good Earth recently. If you like it, you can get better prices on PB2 ordering it online. I think I got my last batch through netrition.com.
    Agave is at most stores — Costco, Good Earth, WINCO, etc.
    😉

  3. Joan Says:

    Where do you buy your chia seeds?

  4. Joan Says:

    Interestingly, chia was mentioned in Relief Society today. I think she said she got it at Costco or Sunflower Market. I would imagine Whole Foods would also have it. I’m going to look for it at my usual grocers as well.

  5. Connie Says:

    So interesting in the timing — of that coming up in RS! 🙂