For years flax has been the golden child of the seed world: rich in omega-3’s and lignans (a powerful phytonutrient) that is great for hormone balance, we were told to grind them up, sprinkle them on oatmeal, bake them into muffins and even add them to meatloaf. Studies even showed that flax could help ward off heart disease, ease depression and add the beneficial components to our diet that our own bodies cannot make itself.
But flax was never alone. Very little attention had been paid to some other seeds, such as chia and hemp, that are actually higher in nutrients and just as beneficial.
It could be due to their odd reputations.
The tiny chia seeds earned their claim to fame as the famous house pet of the seventies (remember Chia Pets?). Even though most people back then never considered actually eating the seeds, chia has been grown and harvested for centuries. Compared to the nutty taste of flax seeds, chia has a very mild flavor and becomes very gelatinous when mixed with liquids, making them a perfect addition to smoothies and puddings. Chia is a true power food, complete with 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of omega-3’s in only one tablespoon.
Curious to try chia seeds? Check out my recipe below for Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding then let me know what you think about using these powerhouse foods.Print
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding is a healthy alternative to less healthy desserts. We use chia seeds to make this pudding creamy and delicious!
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup mixed berries (for garnish)
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Mix in the chia seeds and divide evenly between 4 ramekins or other bowls. Refrigerate for two hours.
2. Garnish pudding with the berries and serve.
You can use any milk that you want in this recipe, such as coconut milk, hemp milk or soy milk
Keywords: chia, dessert