You will be hard pressed to walk down a health food store aisle these days and not be bombarded with chia seeds smacked into nearly every product possible.
One of the frustrating things about health food trends is that food companies have a tendency to take it a bit too far. No?
Chia chicken, chia franks, chia pods, chia bars, chia, chia, chia!
Not too long ago we all only knew of chia from those drug store, as-seen-on-tv, strange growing plant pets. Now, it's the almighty chia that will guide you to eternal health-dom.
Here's the thing. I like chia. I do. Chia seeds are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, ( fundamental to fight the inflammatory response) are full of fiber and help you feel full, and I also just happen to love their quirky pop texture.
Chia is good stuff, BUT, they are meant to be consumed in moderation, in my opinion. I have seen cases of digestive upset from too much chia. Yes, you can get too much of a good thing! They shouldn't be an added ingredient in every health food and frankly one serving of chia per day (maximum!) will do the trick to reap the health benefits.
As I slowly step down off of my soap box, let me share with you a new recipe. K?
Yes, it's a chia recipe.
Have you seen this new chia pod product in your grocery?
Listen, not to dog the product… it's fine it really is… but what gets me is the price!
Geez louise, make this stuff at home people. You don't need to spend $5 on a little chia pod when you can make 10 servings for that price. Plus, sorry chia pod, I personally think your stuff tastes like crap.
Homemade chia pudding is the bomb! It's heavenly. It's luscious and slightly sinful (yet not at all.)
The simplest formula is to stir 1/4 cup of chia seeds into 1 cup of liquid. Make the liquid with fresh fruit, or nut milk, or coconut milk, or I've even made it with coconut water.
When made with homemade strawberry cashew milk chia pudding is the stuff of dreams.
When layered with fresh farmers market strawberries…
…and served in a cute little portable pot?
Well excuse me as I catch my breath, because I am simply swooning over my little pot of perfection.
Grab the full recipe below, and for more chia goodness:
Watch my quick video on the best seeds for weight loss here (chia vs. flax vs. hemp)
Strawberry Chia Pudding PotPrint
- 1 cup of strawberry cashew milk
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds
- raw honey to taste
- fresh strawberries sliced
- Mix together chia seeds and strawberry cashew milk, add honey to taste (I find the strawberry milk to be sweet enough but if you prefer it a bit sweeter just add about 2 tsp of raw honey to milk and stir well or blend)
- Place in mason jar and allow to set overnight or for at least a few hours
- Layer fresh sliced strawberries and chia pudding in a cute little pot
- Take to work and make all of your friends jealous
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