As weird as it sounds, I’ve had 16 ounces of chia seeds chillin’ in my fridge for so many months that I can’t even remember when I bought them. I’m guessing it was about 9-12 months ago (yikes!). Now that I know about them and what to do with them, I realize how silly it was that I let my lack of knowledge (particularly with how to make a real yummy dish) get in the way. Within days of each other, a friend listed a chia pudding recipe on her blog and another friend let me try his off the hook chocolate chia pudding. I was instantly hooked and thought this would be a great replacement for my old favorite of hot creamy buckwheat cereal in the old days.
On my road trips to the shows I work where I educate the thirsty (for knowledge) people with Superfood info and shower them with samples that leave them awestruck and craving more, I eat my chia pudding. I get my inexpensive chia (1 lb for only $9) from Mountain Rose Herbs, where I also get tons of loose leaf herbs for medicinal teas, spices, roots, and ingredients to make homemade raw Superfood skincare. Search online to find the best chia deals – you can get it even cheaper.
My favorite version is one with both fresh and dried fruit and loaded with a Superfood green powder and cacao. This is so satiating keeping my belly content for approx. 5 hrs. Keep in mind, I do eat a small glass Tupperware container of chia pudding over the course of about 30-45 mins because too much can be too filling and I want to know when I’ve had enough. Chia expands!
GREEN CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING (buy everything organic!)
(this is what I like; adjust to amounts good for you)
4 T chia seeds
pour in the homemade Brazil nut mylk (like you would over cold/hot cereal) – it will absorb well and you’ll need to add more; you can let it gel together or keep adding more until it’s more like the cereal you remember
add some Inca Berries (hands-down my fav way to eat Inca’s)
add some raisins or Goji Berries (you can soak them a bit first if you like)
add some fresh mango
add some fresh blueberries
add some fresh strawberries
OR – whatever seasonal farmer’s market fruit you’ve picked up that’s fresh and ripe
add a spoonful of HealthForce’s Manna Spirulina
add a spoonful of raw cacao powder
swirl of local raw honey or organic stevia extract powder (for lower glycemic)
I find that simple recipes for new things work best for me so that I’m not overwhelmed by including it on a regular basis (or so that I don’t ‘forget’ about it in the fridge for too long). I’d love to hear your ideas of easy ways to enjoy chia!