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Benefits of Chia Seeds + delicious Chia Pudding Recipe!

Chia seeds have become one of the most popular superfoods in the health community. They are easy to digest when prepared properly, and are a very versatile ingredient that adds easily to recipes.

Recent research has found that the chia seed benefits are even greater than we realized. It’s benefits also include: 

  • Supporting the heart and digestive system
  • Building stronger bones and muscles
  • Recently linked to healing diabetes
  • Promoting healthy skin

The reason Chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such as:

  • Dietary fiber (11g – 42% recommended daily value)
  • Protein
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc

Incorporating Chia in Your Diet

Chia is quite versatile. The seeds can be eaten raw, soaked in water to form a gel or sprouted like alfalfa sprouts. When eaten raw they have a nutlike flavor and are a great addition to your morning quinoa porridge, or tossed on a salad. They can absorb up to ten times their weight in water so they are a great way to thicken up soups or a smoothie. 

Check out this recipe:

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Strawberry Chia Pudding

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 400g fresh strawberries, hulled 
  • 1 1/2 cups natural coconut milk 
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup, or to taste 
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped 
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest 
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds 

Method

Place the strawberries, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and lime zest in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey if desired.

Place the chia seeds in a large bowl, pour the strawberry mixture on top, and whisk thoroughly. Let stand for 10 minutes and whisk again. 

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 2-3 days. Stir the pudding before serving. The longer it sits, the thicker the pudding will become; if you find that it is too thick, whisk in a little water.

Enjoy!

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