May 17, 2014
Chia seeds have become a popular “superfood” nowadays. Have you tried it before? The appearance of chia seeds is similar to that of poppy seeds. They are tiny black seeds. It’s commonly used as toppings in smoothies, salad, yogurt and desserts!
What’s so great about chia seeds?
Chia seeds are good source of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus and manganese. They are low in cholesterol and sodium.
A tablespoon (12g) of chia seeds provides 5g of fiber, which meets about 20% of your daily fiber intake recommendation. It also provides about 2500mg omega 3 fatty acids, which is more than what a serving of the commercial omega 3 supplement provides. With all the goodies, a tablespoon is only about 60 calories. Compare to flaxseeds, chia seeds provides more fiber and calcium. However, flaxseeds do have similar amount of omega 3 fatty acids, protein and calories.
Click here to see a nutrition fact label of chia seeds
Click here to see a nutrition fact label of flaxseeds
Chia Seed Pudding
• 1/2 cup chia seeds
• 2 cups unsweetened soymilk, almondmilk or ricemilk
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 Tbsp honey or agave
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup mixed fresh berries (optional)
In a medium bowl, mix soymilk, honey and vanilla, then stir in chia seeds until combine. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, stir well. Spoon into bowls and top with fruits and coconut.
This dessert is great for parties and events! Quick, healthy and delicious!!! Enjoy!
“What are chia seeds”. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442472548