Chia Seeds: Small but Mighty

FRIDAY FAVORITE

Chia seeds are nutrient dense and have become a popular superfood. They can be incorporated into all kinds of meals and hardly change the flavor. These tiny seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It's amazing that a tablespoon of chia seeds actually has more calcium than a glass of milk, more omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries! In addition, chia seeds help to stabilize blood sugar, improve digestion, treat anemia, keep you energized, prevent osteoporosis, and improve brain function.

Add chia seeds to cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, and smoothies - just about anything! Another option is to soak chia seeds to create a delicious thick and satisfying pudding. Try this easy recipe for a healthy breakfast or snack option! 


Vanilla Chia Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened (vanilla)
  • 2-3 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp chia seeds
  • Nuts, berries, coconut flakes for topping (optional)

Directions: Add all ingredients to a container with a tight lid. Shake or stir well. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, stir and add favorite toppings such as nuts, berries,  or coconut flakes. Adjust the thickness of the pudding with more or less milk as desired.

Enjoy!