Recipes

Chia Seeds and Puddings

While on holiday I have experienced some different ways of eating chia seeds.

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They are very popular in my husband’s home country of Brazil. I thought I would share how they are eating them as they are great addition to your healthy eating plan.

Chia seeds are originally from the mint family and originate from Mexico.

They are deemed a super food as they are incredibly potent in omega 3 fatty acids, they are actually 8 times higher than what is found in salmon. Of course you do not eat 100 grams of chia seeds in one sitting like you would salmon, but they are still a nutrition super house.

Chia seeds are full of antioxidants as well as minerals calcium, potassium and iron. They are  good source of vitamin C and protein.

Some of the ways in which we commonly eat chia seeds in our house are by:

  1. Using them as an egg replacement in baking. When water is added to the chia seeds they swell and form a gel. It is the protein in the chia seeds and the egg, which aid in the binding of the ingredients together when making a cake. Chia seeds are a great egg replacement for people who have intolerances of allergies to eggs.
  2. We also add them to smoothies. Chia seeds are a great adding it to your Healthy Mummy Smoothie.
  3. We also add them to our cereal or muesli.

The new ways in which I saw the chia seeds used here in Brazil were:

  1. Sprinkled on top of yoghurt.
  2. In a fruit sorbet at an ice-cream shop
  3. In rice. My sister in law places a few tablespoons of chia seeds in with the rice when she is cooking it as if it is like a herb. It was yummy. She actually did this with quinoa grain as well.
  4. And as a pudding, which I have included a quick recipe for down below. OF course these are in Australia too but this is the first time I have eaten it. These are great little puddings as they are high in nutrition and also protein which will be a great sweet fix and keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Coconut chia pudding

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooling time: 4 hours or overnight

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tbs of chia seeds
  • 2 tbs of maple syrup or honey
  • ½ tsp of vanilla essence

Directions

Mix it altogether until refrigerate for around four hours or even overnight.

Around 50 calories per serve.

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written by:

Amanda Dos Santos

Mandy is an experienced Nutritionist, food scientist and writer with over 10 years experience in the Heath industry. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative and current blog posts and contributing to our recipe books. She has played an integral part in creating the recipes on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges since they first started in July 2014.Mandy is a mum of three and loves working for The Healthy Mummy, ”Especially on the challenges as I can create recipes which empower women to create nourishing food for themselves and their families’."