Chia seeds are a tiny food full of antioxidants, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein. They’re a whole-grain food that our bodies will absorb, unlike flaxseed. One ounce of chia seeds (approximately 2 Tbsp.) has 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus healthy vitamins and minerals. I found a wonderful chia seed pudding recipe that I really like.
Chia seeds have a tapioca-like texture when they absorb liquid. They don’t have much flavor and that makes them very versatile. They can be used in smoothies or sprinkled on oatmeal. They’re a good source of fiber, which makes them filling. The following recipe for chia seed pudding was developed by Giada De Laurentiis and is a tasty breakfast or snack idea.
1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk
1 cup plain low-fat (2 percent) Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably grade B), plus 4 teaspoons for serving
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with the remaining 4 teaspoons maple syrup. Mix in the almonds.
Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses; mound the berry mixture on top and serve.
Source: Food Network
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