After doing some research on it, I found out that not only it's a great source of omega 3, but it's an awesome source of fiber, calcium, phosphorous and manganese!
Just one ounce of this powerful seed, will offer you 9g of healthy fats, 11g (42%DV) of fiber, 4 g (9%DV) of protein, a whooping 4,915mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 177mg (18%DV) of calcium, 265mg (27%DV) phosphorous and 0.6mg (30%DV) of manganese. In addition it offers some zinc (1mg/7%DV) and copper (0.1mg/3%DV) too.
Pretty powerful stuff for such tiny little thing, eh?
Lo and behold, a quick search on chia recipes on Pintrist, I soon found many chia pudding recipes. This one in particular I'm posting about wasn't found, but just one of my experiments with Chia, that I truly enjoyed!
But these seeds can also be sprinkled into salads, used in baking recipes (from what I've read it can be used as egg replacer), added to drinks, desserts...can't wait to get creative with it!
What I seem to love most about these little seeds, is just how filling they are! Because of the healthy fats and fiber, they can keep you feeling full for a long while, so it made a perfect breakfast for Sunday morning!
Here goes the recipe:
- Blend 1/2 cup of oats (this makes for creamier oatmeal!)
- 1 cup of milk of choice (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 2-3 dates (depending on how sweet you like) either cut in small pieces or blended with some milk
- About 2 TBSP of Chia seeds, or to taste depending on how thick you like it to be.
- Once you've got all of that, all you do is add the milk to a pan under medium high heat AND add the oats (which is more like oat flour at this point) and whisk it well.
- Add dates in, and cook it stirring constantly. Once it begins to boil, lower heat to simmer and keep stirring as you wait for the sauce to thicken a little. If it's not thick enough, add more oats, if it's thickening too much, add more milk. You can control the consistency to the one you like that way. I normally like thicker consistency for my oatmeal, but in this recipe you want it to be more runny because of the Chia seeds that will be added.
- Once oats are cooked, you add the Chia seeds, mix well and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Once it took a pudding-like form, it's ready to eat!!!
Hope you'll enjoy Chia seeds as much as I did!!! It's just awesome to discover some of the many amazing things our God has created to keep us healthy and strong while we're here on earth.