Chia, in ancient Mayan, meant strength. Native to South America, these superfoods have been a staple for many cultures throughout time. Only recently did they become more well-known: originally as chia pets but now health food experts understand the powerful effects of chia.
Chia seeds swell when in contact with water or liquids. They are a wonderful detox food because they swell once digested, helping absorb toxins, cleansing the digestive tract. And since 80% of your immune system happens in your digestive system, we want to be sure we’re clean and clear down there!
-Are loaded in antioxidants and fiber.
-Deliver many nutrients with few calories.
-Contain high quality protein.
-Are high in omega 3 fatty acids and contain more omega 3s per calorie than salmon.
-Have 8 times more calcium than milk.
-Have three times more iron than spinach.
-Gluten and cholesterol free
-Help stabilize blood sugar
-Boost your metabolism
-Reduces blood pressure and inflammation in the body.
Enjoy this Chia Pudding recipe from my upcoming yoga and detox journey:
1 cup non-dairy milk
⅓ cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons raw honey
or 5 drops stevia (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla (powder or alcohol free vanilla)
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of ground ginger
Warm your milk. In a small saucepan, add your non-dairy milk over a medium low flame. Warm the milk for 2 to 3 minutes. Make it is as hot as you can stand it without boiling.
Mix your chia seeds. Add your chia seeds to a cereal bowl. Add the milk, sweetener (optional), cinnamon, vanilla and ground ginger. Mix thoroughly and allow it to gel. This process should happen in less than 2 minutes.
Serve the chia pudding. Top your chia pudding with fresh fruit. Serve immediately.
NOTE: If you would like to serve this cold, allow your pudding to chill for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator or overnight is best.