Is there such a thing as a SUPER superfood? If so, then I nominate chia seeds as the top contender for that accolade.
They may be teeny tiny in size, but they are incredibly nutrient dense. They are jammed packed with dietary fiber, omega fats, antioxidants and protein. They have a slightly nutty flavor and look similar to poppy seeds. When you add water to them, their texture completely changes and they become gelatinous, which is why they are great to use as a thickener and in some recipes as an egg replacer.
Ancient cultures throughout Central America consumed chia seeds as a key part of their food and medicine. In fact, “chia” is the Mayan word for “strength.” You'll find lots of strength in chia seeds, which contain an abundance of good-for-you nutrients that can be added to virtually any meal.
It is finally time to let go of our long time association of these seeds as pets and embrace them as a nutritional powerhouse they were intended to be. Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon and a tablespoon of chia contains more calcium than a glass of milk.
You can easily incorporate them into your daily diet. Add chia seeds to smoothies, granola, oatmeal, and yogurt just to name a few options. Chia seeds are an excellent protein source, especially for people who eat little or no animal products.
Quick Tip 1: If you are watching your weight, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to your water bottle. Because they are chock full of fiber and protein, you will feel fuller in between meals to help stave off poor snacking choices.
Quick Tip 2: Replenish electrolytes and give yourself an energy boost naturally by adding a tablespoon of chia seeds to a cup of raw coconut water.
Apple Pie Chia Pudding
The flavors of apple pie get a modern, superfood-infused spin in this rewarding dessert. Great for entertaining! You can make it the day before, and assemble easily right before serving.
Makes 4 servings
- 2 cups Apple Juice
- 1 Tbsp fresh Lemon Juice
- ¼ cup Navitas Naturals Cashews
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon Powder
- ¼ tsp Ginger Powder
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg Powder
- Pinch Sea Salt
- ¼ cup Raisins
- 1/3 cup Navitas Naturals Chia Seeds
- 1 crisp Apple, grated
- Apple Slices
- Chopped Nuts or Seeds
- Soy or Coconut Whipped Cream
- Cinnamon Powder
In a blender, combine the apple juice, lemon juice, cashews, spices and a small pinch of sea salt. Blend into a cream. Pour into a quart-sized mason jar with a lid, and add the raisins, chia seeds, and grated apple. Cover, and shake well to combine. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell and gel. Stir the mixture and shake again very well, then refrigerate for a minimum of 40 minutes longer, or overnight.
To assemble: Place 1 cup of the pudding in a serving bowl or glass. Top with desired garnish, such as coconut whipped cream, additional apples, chopped nuts, and a dash of spice.
Pudding will last for 4-5 days, refrigerated.
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