I love chia seeds.
Not only are they a good source of soluble fibre (a very gentle type of fibre), omega 3 fats (important for a healthy heart, brain, eyes and for general health) and protein (it is a plant-based complete protein source which is important for vegetarians and vegans), but they contain many valuable vitamins and minerals required for good health (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium) and antioxidants, which prevent oxidation in the body and slow down the ageing process! For more information click here.
Plus, they are so versatile to use. You can sprinkle them on your porridge or toast, add them to muesli or other cereals, include them when baking cakes and biscuits, use them to make jam, add them to drinks/smoothies, or simply sprinkle them over a salad.
One of the yummiest ways I like to eat chia seeds is in the form of a pudding – or as my husband calls it, mousse. They reportedly hold between 9-12 times their weight in fluid, so they can thicken any type of liquid, including milk and turn it into a quick, easy, healthy mousse. This is currently our favourite…
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 cup Vitasoy soy milky lite (or milk of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons (sustainably farmed, locally grown) chia seeds
- Place cacao powder and maple syrup in a medium bowl and mix together until well combined and smooth
- Slowly add soy milk and mix well
- Stir in chia seeds and continue to stir for at least 30 seconds so that they don't clump together
- PLACE IN THE FRIDGE FOR 30 MINUTES while you organise your serving dishes (and clean up etc etc)
- Remove from fridge AND STIR AGAIN for another 30 seconds (alternatively you can place the mix in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake it until well combined)
- Pour into serving bowls and return to the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or overnight
- Serve topped with a mixture of blueberries and raspberries (I used frozen, thawed berries)
Per Serve: 484kJ or 115 calories; P 5g Fat 5g SFat <1g CHO 11g Fibre 6g
Note: 6g of fibre per serve for a dessert! That is a good amount of fibre!