Remember those sick days during your childhoodl way back when? Watching Price is Right, soap operas, that guy with the afro who painted country scenes, and commercials for the adjustable bed that went up and down? Those were the days! And we can’t forget the Chia pet commercial. I can still hear that woman’s high pitched voice in my head. Who would’ve thought that chia would make its way back into my life (as thankfully, those awful commercials have stopped!)
Did you know that the seeds planted on a Chia Pet (I love the Mr T one) are actually edible and VERY good for you? Dr. Oz was even on Oprah lauding their anti-aging properties. The chia seed originates from Central America, where it was a staple on the Aztec diet. They are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, and also contain fiber, protein, minerals, and antioxidants. New research suggets that chia seeds may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Chia seeds are pretty cool because they are very absorbent and when wet they develop a gelatinous texture (dental floss needed—they get stuck in your teeth very easily!) I sprinkle them on my oatmeal or yogurt or put them in my oat pancakes. You can also make a pudding from them. Below is a recipe created by my fabulous friend Michele of One Healthy You, my raw foodie guru and incredible cook. Next time you’re at the health store, pick up some of these amazing little seeds and add them to your diet!
PS. Hemp seeds are pretty cool too. My husband makes mean vegan hemp nut cookies!
Chia Hemp Pudding:
¾ c chia seeds
½ c hemp seeds
¼ c agave or raw honey
2 tspns cinnamon
1 Tblspn vanilla or the innerds of a vanilla bean
4 ½ c almond or any nut milk
Put chia and hemp seeds into bowl pour 2 ½ c almond milk( fresh is always best I say) over seeds and stir, when you notice that the mixture becomes gelatinous pour in the additional 2 c almond milk, continue stirring the mixture will become thickened and the chia seeds will swell ( actually to 9 times their little size) at that point you can add your vanilla, cinnamon and honey or agave…Enjoy!
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