I have been hearing the word Chia a lot lately. I first ran into someone making chia bars and then I starting seeing photos of Chia pudding pop up all over Instagram. I realized it was time to try out this healthy foodie favorite. I did a quick search to learn more about Chia seeds and found out they are native to Mexico and Guatemala. A serving of chia seeds contains 9 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. Whoa! They also pack a ton of calcium and are similar in nutritional content to flax seeds.
After learning a little more about these powerful little seeds I thought it was only natural to give them a try. To make chia seeds into a pudding you basically just add any kind of milk to make it creamy and let it set in the fridge for a few hours. It is best to add some sort of sweetener and a little flavor to give it some taste. Since I love the flavor of fresh lime I wanted to make something tropical. I added honey, vanilla and lime to the milk and chia seed mixture. Then I topped it with coconut shavings and fresh blueberries. You can add any kind of toppings you want, similar to yogurt. You could top the pudding with other fresh fruits, nuts or even granola. Enjoy!
- 3 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
- 1 Cup of Almond Milk any milk will work
- 2 Teaspoons of Honey
- 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- Zest of one Lime
- Shaved Coconut Strips
- Handful of Blueberries
Whisk chia seeds, milk, honey, vanilla and half of the lime zest together in a bowl. Wait 5 minutes and whisk again. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Top with shaved coconut strips, blueberries and remaining lime zest.
Yield: 2 servings