Love singing that jingle from the commercial: Ch-ch-ch-chia (pet). Remember it?
Well, guess what? You can eat the seeds! Who would have thought it was so healthy back in my grade school days?!
Chia is most definitely a superfood. And according to Dr. Weil, chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provides fiber as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Chia seeds travel well too! You can pack them in your suitcase and take them with you to have readily available to make chia pudding for breakfast or a snack in your hotel room. You can also pack travel size containers of almond milk (if checking luggage) as well as nuts and just pick up some fresh fruit in your destination city.
Sharing one of my favorite recipes with you. Try it out! And before you know it you will soon be singing ch-ch-ch-chia right along with me! Enjoy.
- 1 cup coconut, almond, or hemp milk
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 banana
- ½ cup blueberries (frozen are ok) (or use other berries if you prefer)
- Handful of almonds or walnuts if desired
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together and let them sit in refrigerator for a few minutes.
- Stir after a few minutes as the chia is "gelling" into a pudding-like consistency.
- Let sit in refrigerator for about 20 minutes or until ready to eat.