Chia seeds…the fancy super food health nuts have been going crazy about for the last couple of years. Incorporating them into meals can seem a little intimidating at first, but I assure you it’s easier than you may think. They can be eaten raw – I like to sprinkle them over yogurt or oatmeal to add some crunch. They can also be ground into powder form and used to replace flour in baking recipes. Or they can be soaked in water or almond milk to create a gel-like consistency.
These tiny seeds are high in protein, fibre, antioxidants, omega-3s and they expand in size to help us feel full for longer.
When I started commuting to Toronto for work, I began packing both breakfast and lunch. The days became somewhat longer and I needed more food to help keep me satiated. I set aside some time in the evening to prep my meals and this chia seed pudding quickly became a favourite. It sits overnight to become thick and gelatinous, and I pull a handful of mango chunks from my freezer in the morning, which thaw perfectly by the time I reach the office.
If you’ve ever had tapioca pudding before, this has a similar texture. It took me a few tries to finally develop a liking to the consistency, but now I’m obsessed. I prefer to heat it in the microwave, but it can also be eaten cold. It also doesn’t have to be reserved specifically for breakfast. Try it as a snack or a sweet treat for dessert in the evening.
You guys are going to be shocked at how easy it is to make!
1/4 Cup Raw Chia Seeds
1 Cup Almond Milk
5 Chunks of Frozen Mango
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Combine the chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla extract into a bowl or Tupperware container
- Refrigerate and let sit overnight
- In the morning add the mango
I told you it was easy! There really is no need to be intimidated by any super foods. As with all recipes and ingredients, trial and error is the best way to experiment and discover what works and what doesn’t. We all have different taste buds and enjoy different textures. Get creative in the kitchen and eventually you’ll find something that appeals to you.