Chia Power

Guest Post by: The Nourishing Gurus

If your only connection to chia is some vague memory of a “ch-ch-ch-chia” pet commercial, you’re in for a big surprise.

Chia’s amazing nutritional qualities begin with its ability to absorb up to 10 times its weight in liquid. So it keeps you feeling full longer. Who wouldn’t want that!

Two tablespoons of seeds deliver:

  • 8 grams of soluble fiber, which scrubs the intestinal walls and can help lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol
  • An abundance of nutrients including calcium, magnesium, copper, niacin, and zinc
  • A rich source of anti-inflammatory and brain boosting omega-3 fats

The most popular way to eat chia seeds are in a chia pudding. Its great for busy mornings and as a grab-and-go in the AM. Here is a basic recipe:

Chocolate Cherry Vanilla Chia Pudding

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw rolled oats
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 heaping teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries, cut in half
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cacao nibs

Mix chia, oats, and milk thoroughly in a 16-oz mason jar or glass bowl with a cover. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes or overnight.

Variations: Replace cherries and cacao nibs with chopped apples and walnuts, sliced banana and almond butter, or strawberries and shredded coconut.

BIO: Jane Schwartz RD and Stephanie Goodman CNC are The Nourishing Gurus. Jane and Stephanie help busy professional women create sustainable long-term healthy eating habits by eliminating diets, overwhelm, and kitchen chaos. Their 3-pronged approach, which can fit into any lifestyle, encompasses not only wholesome energizing foods, but powerful habit and mindset shifts.  YouTube  Instagram Twitter

 

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