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Eat and drink healthy with Chia seeds

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Eat and drink healthy with Chia seeds 1

Like mango sago: Chia pudding using almond coconut milk, mango slices and coconut flakes

Let me begin this post by disclaiming that I’m not a health nut (and perhaps, will never be), but I do try to incorporate the good stuff in my daily intake. A good friend got me into chia seeds a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked on them ever since, mixing it in smoothies, with yoghurt, fruit juice and my favorite coconut water.

Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients, containing omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and minerals including calcium (up to three times more than a serving of milk). Unlike flaxseed, they don’t have to be ground in order for you to absorb the nutrients.

I buy chia seeds at my local natural foods store. Some even use chia as an egg substitute in baking (which sounds kinda complicated), but another alternative is to make it into a pudding. The seeds absorb their weight up to 10 times in water, so it’s quite filling and will make for a quick snack.

Just stack them up in a glass using the basic recipe below. You can experiment and mix in your preferred milk or fruit, leave it in the fridge and take it out after a few hours or so. Enjoy!

Basic pudding recipe:

 
1/3 cup chia seeds

1 1/2 cups milk (since am not allowed to drink cow’s milk, I use Almond or Coconut Almond Milk)

2 Tbsp. honey (or maple or agave syrup)
 
1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
 
Sliced fruit or nuts for topping
 
Instructions:
 
1. Combine all the ingredients in a pint jar. Cover the jar with a lid and give it a vigorous shake.
 
2. Chill for about an hour, then return to the jar and shake it up. Let chill for at least 2-4 hours (overnight is even better).
 
3. Chia seeds will expand and turn into pudding.
 
4. Serve cold with sliced fruit (mango, berries, sliced banana or toasted nuts on top).

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