Ah, the humble chia seed! If your only experience with chias is the Marge Simpson or Duck Dynasty Chia Pet that you got as a Christmas gift, you’re missing out on this powerful little seed that packs a healthy, nutritious punch!
People ask me all the time if these are indeed the same seeds, and the answer is – YES! However, don’t worry that you’ll suddenly sprout a crazy beard; chia seeds are really good for you!
Chia seeds come in both black and white varieties and are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
Chias are also gelatinous, which means that they get a tapioca-like consistency; the gelatinous factor, coupled with the fact that chias are a high source of fiber, helps you feel fuller longer.
You can add chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, etc. You can also get creative and add chia seeds to your pancake mix, sauces, and rice dishes as well.
You can also make your own chia pudding (see recipe below).
The jury is still out on whether or not chia seeds will help you lose weight. I can only speak from personal experience, and my experience has been that adding chia seeds to my diet routine has helped me feel fuller longer, causing me to eat less, which has helped me shed a few pounds.
So, there you have it, a mighty little seed that packs a powerful punch!
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
Whisk coconut milk, yogurt, maple syrup, and vanilla until blended. Mix chia seeds and let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the chia seeds, cover and refrigerate overnight. This is your base, from this, the possibilities are endless.
Add in fresh berries, cacao powder and banana, coconut and vegan chocolate chips; whatever you’d like!
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!
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