Superfood for your Sweet Tooth

Chia seeds have their origin in Central America and served as a critical part of the Aztec diet. They come from a green plant with blue flowers called Salvia Hispanica, a member of the mint family. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation and high cholesterol. These magical seeds are also loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber, 18% of the recommended amount of calcium, 35% of phosphorus, 24% of magnesium, and 50% of manganese.

Chia seed are relatively tasteless so you can feel free to add them to smoothies, salads, yogurt, cereal, vegetables or any other food you want to. Chia seeds are very absorbent so when soaked in liquid they develop a gelatinous texture making it a great addition to a variety of foods.

For Your Sweet Tooth

We are often asked by our patients who are following the Body Ecology or Anti-Inflammatory Diets, “What can I do to satisfy my sweet tooth and still maintain my healthy diet? ” Chia pudding is a wonderful and delicious option!

Vanilla Chia Pudding
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk or coconut water
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
Stevia for additional sweetness to taste (optional)

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes stir the mixture thoroughly so it doesn’t clump together. Before eating, mix in stevia to taste, if using. Makes 2 servings.

Chocolate Chia Pudding
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, hemp milk, almond milk or coconut water
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt (optional)
pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Stevia for additional sweetness to taste (optional)

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes stir the mixture thoroughly so it doesn’t clump together. Before eating, mix in cinnamon and stevia to taste, if using. Makes 2 servings.