Yes, you probably want to start singing the jingle from the commercial: Ch-ch-ch-chia (pet). And yes, you can eat this seed! Who would have thought it was so healthy back in the day? This recipe is so easy to make it’s almost too good to be true. You can use it as your basic recipe and do any variation your heart desires!
For 1-2 servings:
- 1 cup coconut, almond, or hemp milk
- 2-3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 banana
- ½ cup blueberries (frozen are OK)
- Handful of almonds or walnuts, if desired
- Cinnamon, to taste
Mix all the ingredients together and let them sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Stir after a few minutes, as the chia is “gelling” into a pudding-like consistency. Let it sit in the refrigerator about 20 minutes or until ready to eat.
If you find the pudding too thick, you can add more milk or a little water. If you find the pudding too thin, add more chia or any of the other ingredients to make it thicker. You really can’t go wrong with chia pudding, which is why I love making it.
Now, let’s talk about the health benefits of chia. It is a superfood, chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and provides fiber as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
Another great benefit of chia seeds is that they are good for travel. Pack them in your suitcase and have them 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 fresh fruit in your destination city.
Before I let you go let me tell you about the difference between salba and chia seeds
Sometimes the names chia and salba are used interchangeably to describe the same seed. They both come from the same plant and are full of endurance nutrients, which help curb hunger on long journeys. But there is a difference between chia and salba seeds.
Dark Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are the dark “chia” seeds are grown in Mexico, parts of Central and South America. These seeds aid in digestion, hydration and healing. They encourage proper elimination and bone growth.
Oil and Oxygen
Chia seeds have many oils that promote cells and organ lubrication and respiration by promoting oxygen transport in the blood.
White Salba Seeds
Salba seeds are the white “chia” seeds grown in the Amazon basin in Peru. These seeds contain the same nutritional value as chia seeds. Salba seeds seem to have more antioxidants than chia seeds.
Folate Good for Babies
Salba seeds have more folate in them than chia seeds. This is also ideal for pregnant mothers.
Regardless, whichever seed is available to you is perfectly fine, you won’t go wrong.