Whitney’s Kitchen Blog

The Joy of Chia Seeds

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Posted on January 11th, 2017 by Piccarreto
homemade healthy Chia seeds banana pecan and strawberry overnight oatmeal in jars

I try hard to control my cravings, but sometimes I have one that simply won’t go away! Lately, I can’t stop thinking about pudding. I don’t drink milk or use dairy much anymore. That means my easy instant box pudding is no longer an option. I have a dairy-free pudding that I make for my family once in a while. However, after I add the peanut butter to it, it loses some of its ‘healthy for you’ luster. My solution?

Chia Seed Puddings!

I was unsure about Chia seeds at first. To be honest, I failed the first time I used them. I tried to make a pudding and it never set. It was the most awkward snack I ever tried to eat! After rereading the recipe I learned I had forgotten a small (and apparently important!) part. I forgot to “vigorously shake” my pudding.

Each recipe is a little different. There are so many of them out there. Yet, most of these puddings couldn’t be simpler to make! They store easily, can be made in various flavors and (thanks to your Chia seeds) they pack a punch when it comes to protein, fiber and several vitamins & minerals!

The more research released, the more benefits we learn about these tiny seeds. As it turns out, in the Mayan language, Chia means strength! How cool is that?! Aside from the boost of energy you might feel, they are helping in quiet ways too. Clear skin, digestive help, heart health, plus strengthening your bones and muscles to name a few.

Chia seeds are one of the few seeds we can actually digest as a whole seed. You can eat them raw or soak them. I personally prefer soaking them. Toss them in your green smoothies. Search the internet for a pudding recipe. Know that while you are treating your taste-buds, you are ALSO treating your body!!

We all have cravings sometimes. With a little creativity we can beat them.

We might even end up healthier in the process!