The Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid, which is a precursor to other fatty acids omega 3. Omega-3 acids build our cell membranes, help to maintain normal cholesterol levels, help to fight hypertension, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
While eating chia we are slowing the absorption of sugars and we are helping to regulate their level in our blood. The huge amount of fiber contained in these small grains is beneficial to the digestive system and provides long satiety. For this reason, chia seeds are indicated for people struggling with overweight and obesity.
How to Eat Chia Seeds?
They can be added as a supplement to most dishes – they have a mild nutty flavour and most likely they taste good with everything. Consuming both chia and flaxseed improves the absorption of omega 3 (note – eat everything in reasonable quantities – chia contain omega 6 which is a pro-inflammatory). The best way to extract valuable minerals and vitamins as well as to facilitate digestion is to soak them or grinding.
The Chia Pudding Making
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp honey
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk ( or any milk that you like)
1/2 cup blueberries , plus more for garnish (choose your favourite fruits)
Add the chia seeds, honey, milk to a mixing bowl.
Stir this all together and place in the fridge to set. It’s ready to go in just about 30 minutes, but you could leave it overnight if you want.
Remove it from the fridge and stir it together. You can see the chia seeds have formed a gel and the mixture is thicker, more like a pudding.
Mash the fruits in a small bowl using the back of your fork or a potato masher until they’re smooth. You can also add them to a blender to get them super pureed.
Add these mashed fruits to the bottom of our jar and then top with the chia pudding from the fridge.
To serve, top off with some fresh fruits/nuts/edible flowers.