Chia Seed Pudding

by Callie England on July 20, 2010

Last week, I planned on renewing my license plates. On Thursday, I gathered my things and double checked the accuracy of it all. When I read the date on my insurance card, I couldn’t believe it – my insurance expired on the 14th (it was the 15th). I do auto-renewal online, so I knew I was still covered and it was just my card that was expired. UGH. I figured I’d print a new card from the website, however, given that the billing was still being “processed”, this ended up not being an option.

So, I waited.

On Friday, I received my new cards in the mail. I immediately popped them out and (apparently) placed them in my purse (note; a purse I normally don’t carry).

Fast forward to today; Tuesday. I decided over lunch to head out a bit early to beat the crowd at the DMV. Again, I gathered my things, skipped the checking and headed down the street 20 blocks. When I arrived, I grabbed a number and patiently took a seat. Bored to tears, I begin sorting through my documents, re-reading everything. Property tax. Check. 2008 property tax. Check. Driver’s license. Check. Insurance card. Checcccc…. WTF, I grabbed the expired insurance card! So, back out to my car I went. I begin frantically digging, as I could have sworn I put those darn cards in my glove box last Friday!

Clearly, I was having memory lapse.

Power. Reverse. Drive. I decided before heading back to the office, I’d run home to see if I didn’t just leave those darn things on the table. Going home, 55 blocks. When I arrived, I didn’t see the cards anywhere… I thought… I dug… and I thought some more. Then, in a moment of complete panic, I saw it… the black purse I took to work on Friday – and it all came rushing back to me… I stuck those bleepity-bleeping cards in that purse!

Power. Reverse. Drive. Back to work, 35 blocks. With, I might add, the correct insurance cards.

So, just like ground hogs day, I will be heading back to the DMV after work. Again.

And that, is how I roll.

Sunday night, I was hungry… really hungry. But since it was close to bed time, I didn’t want to consume anything to sugary. Instead, I came up with a chocolate chia protein pudding. Aka, my new favorite dessert… or in last night’s case, dinner.

Chocolate Chia Protein Pudding

2 T chia seeds
.75 C water
1 scoop sun warrior chocolate protein powder
1 T carob (I like the sweet taste of carob, but you could obviously use cacao instead – just cut back on the amount)
.5 t cinnamon
.5 t almond extract
1 T goji berries (raisins are also good!)
cacao nibs for crunch

Place chia seeds in a deep bowl/glass, add water and briefly whisk. Set chia seed mixture aside for approximately 15 minutes (till gel-like consistency is formed). Once gelled, add protein powder, carob and cinnamon – stir until thoroughly mixed. Top with goji berries and cacao nibs.

Pictured below is what happens when you almost drop chia pudding all over your carpet (after realizing your dog is right under your foot, thanks polo bear)

Now, if your a seasoned health enthusiast or even better, a raw foodist, then you’re thinking ‘sweet, I’ll have to try this out.’ However, if you’re like most Americans, you’re thinking one of two things. 1) WTF are chia seeds!? and 2) cha cha cha chia!

I can’t help with the later, but I can help you with the other (or, at least try).

Chia seeds are harvested from the salvia hispanica (yeah, I can’t pronounce it either) plant, a type of sage in the Mint family. In recent decades, chia has seen a resurgence in popularity and has been hailed as a “super food” with many dietary benefits. It helps the body retain fluids and electrolytes, it forms a gel in the stomach that slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, and it helps build muscle and other tissues. Chia is a source of protein and boron, which aids in the absorption of calcium. Chia seeds are also the richest known plant source of omega-3.

5 more reason to eat chia seeds:

Chia seeds are nutritious

Besides what is stated above, chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and many other vitamins and minerals.

Chia seeds are energizing! (the exclamation mark seemed fitting)

Not only do chia seeds give you a boost of energy that last, they also provide stamina and endurance. A single tablespoon could sustain Aztec warriors for an entire day!

Chia seeds reduce cravings

Because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble fiber levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.

Chia seeds are easily digestible

Unlike flax seed, chia seeds do not have to be ground up before you ingest them. The human body can easily digest chia seeds, and with about 7 grams of fiber per serving, they actually help.

Chia seeds are convenient and versatile.

You can eat chia seeds straight from the bag, mix them with your favorite drink, add them to your cereal or salad, and just about anything else. When I went to Europe this winter, I took them with me for the long flight – talk about easy and filling! Plus, they have a very neutral taste.

Annnd, if you’re like my mother and only listen to health advice from TV superstars, then you’ll be happy to know that both Dr. Weil and Dr. Oz love chia seeds!

The best part of chia seeds (IMO), is having something that can replace flax seeds. Not that I hate flax seeds, but I do believe chia is a healthier option, especially for women.

What most people aren’t aware of (due to all the praise towards flax), is that flax contains a high amount of phytoestrogens; plant chemicals having oestrogenic effects. Phytoestrogens occur in nature to help regulate breeding cycles and, in synthetic form, are used in farming for the same purpose. The ubiquitous birth control pill is, of course, the human synthetic version. Phytoestrogens are also the same chemical that has caused much debate regarding soy products. Some people think it’s a positive, while a growing number of people think it’s a negative.

With that being said, I don’t avoid flax, but I am trying to decrease the amount in my diet – as I really believe eating foods that eff with our hormones is a bad idea. Hence, why I try to keep soy consumption to an absolute minimum.

Some health food stores might carry chia seeds, but I find the best place to purchase is from Mountain Rose Herbs – the best online store for super foods such as chia.

Have a happy day!

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  • http://rawcandy.wordpress.com/ Camille (Raw Candy)

    Mmmm… looks tasty! I love chia pudding with Sun Warrior — it makes the dish even more thick, creamy and delicious.

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  • http://www.theironyou.com Mike

    Great recipe! I love chia seeds but I only use them in my smoothies. Gonna definitely try this.
    I recently wrote an article on the health benefits of chia seeds, check it out and let me know what do you think about it, I would really appreciate it!
    http://www.theironyou.com/2011/06/chia-seeds-aztec-superfood.html

    Peace
    Mike @TheIronYou

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