By now we have all come to love chia seeds, right? Or maybe some of you are wondering what a chia seed is and how you are supposed to eat it.
1 oz. (a little over 2 Tbsp.) of chia seeds contains: 137 calories, 9 grams of healthy fats, 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of complete protein, 18% of your recommended intake for calcium, 4.9 grams of omega 3 fatty acids, and many other minerals!
Chia seeds are one of the rare plant-based complete protein sources. This means when you eat chia seeds as a vegetarian or vegan, you are able to consume all of the amino acids needed to make complete protein molecules.
How to Eat Chia Seeds
Toss in a blender with a smoothie, add a tablespoon to your water for more fiber, add a spoonful to soups and stews, mix into granola bar recipes and muffins, or make a delicious and nutritous pudding!
Easy Chia Seed Pudding
- 7 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 cups almond or coconut milk
- 2 tsp. stevia and/or honey (depending on how sweet your milk is; unsweetened milk will require more sweetening)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or almond extract
- Whisk the chia seeds and milk together for 1-2 minutes until all clumps are broken up.
- Add remaining ingredients. I usually will just add what I have on hand.
- Refrigerate 4 hours. You can speed up this process by putting in the freezer for 30-45 minutes, stirring, then putting in the refrigerator for 2 more hours.
- Enjoy with a few nuts or fresh fruit on top! Or, eat it by itself for a quick snack!
You have to wait for the seeds to soak so that they will hydrate and expand to form a tapioca pudding-like consistency. It may look a little funky, but it is fun to eat and healthy!
And here is my video to explain it all: