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Chia Seeds – They’re Not Just for Terra Cotta Pets Any More

If you’re familiar with chia seeds only from the holiday novelty gift, you may not know that these seeds are an Aztec super food cultivated at least since the 1500s.  Chia seeds may have been as much as a staple for the Aztec people as maize.

Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that boast heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, cholesterol lowering soluble fiber, and cancer fighting lignans.  They’re a good source of protein.  They contain vitamin A, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and manganese.

Hardcore health enthusiasts toss chia seeds into their filled water bottles and go.  But for those of us who love delicious deserts, we can have our treats and nutrition too.  Chia seed pudding is fast and easy to make, and doesn’t require any cooking. 

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For all varieties of pudding

Place ¾ cup of chia seeds in a glass or plastic container with a lid.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup cocoa powder

or

Cinnamon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup maple syrup

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla extract

or

Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

¼ cup maple syrup

Blend the unsweetened almond milk and flavorings (chocolate, cinnamon vanilla, or blueberry) in a blender.

Add the flavored almond milk from the blender to the container and stir thoroughly for several minutes so that all of the chia seeds are immersed and coated in the liquid.  Place the lid on the container and refrigerate for several hours.  Stir thoroughly before serving. 

Chia Seed pudding can last for up to a week in the refrigerator. 

Susan Prolman serves on Food Day’s Advisory Board.

Photo Credit: http://fooddoodles.com

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