Feature Friday: Chia Seeds!

CH-CH-CH-CHIA!

Exciting information regarding chia seeds!

This is a tiny seed (can be white or black) that you can generally buy everywhere these days (in a grocery store you’ll probably find them in the organic section).  They are full of omega 3 and are brimming with awesome.

These may be tiny but they are generous in omega 3, fiber and are also very filling!

But why do we care about omega 3?

Generally the stereotypical North American diet is very lacking in omega 3.. which is essential for brain function, hormonal balance, healthy hair, skin and nails, helps regulate metabolism, promotes heart health, regulates cholesterol level…it’s pretty much good for everything. So basically we’re saying YOU NEED IT.

How we use them!

These are very versatile and easily used in pretty much everything.

You can put them in your soup, in your granola, smoothies, oatmeal, on salads, on yogurt, in baking, in juice or just in water! 

Recipes using this SUPERSEED

Coconut Milk Chia Pudding

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Ingredients

1 can coconut milk (organic if possible)

1/3 cup chia seeds

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Handful of berries (that’s the scientific measurement term)

1 tablespoon honey for sweetening (optional) – to be honest it turns out pretty sweet on it’s own with the berries but for those of you with a sweet tooth this might make it more “dessert-like” for you just don’t go overboard

Alternate “add-ins”: To make this pudding go that extra step of delicious you could add in a tablespoon of cocoa powder (cocoa nibs would be good too to add the ‘crunch factor’), any delicious nuts and seeds, 

Directions:

Mix all of it together and put it in the fridge for a couple hours! I made mine in the morning and by mid-afternoon it was the perfect consistency!

*If serving you could top it with shaved coconut or some fresh berries and it would make it look so pretty!

Chia Fresca

Ingredients

Tall glass of water

Tablespoon of chia seeds

Any fruits that you can think of! – we like to use citrus fruits like orange, lemon, grapefruit, limes… or you can also throw in some cucumber!

*This is super refreshing & filling on a hot day when you’re not in the mood for a heavy snack! Perfect for summer

 

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