You may or may not already know that chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. High in Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber, they can help regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Aside from that, chia seeds can unleash their antioxidant power to fight free radical damage and inflammation in the body.
But how in the world do you eat them?
Unlike flax, chia seeds can be eaten whole, no grinding required. You can use them in smoothies or in place of other seeds in recipes or salads.
And yes, these are the same chia seeds of Chia Pet infamy. Who knew?
Perhaps my fave way to get chia in my diet is this delicious dairy free vanilla chia seed pudding parfait. Layered with fresh fruit and granola (or the Toasted Oat Topping from my free Guide to Nutritious Noshing, found here), it's perfect for breakfast, snack time, or even dessert! And they couldn't be easier to make- just soak and savor!
Anti-oxidant Anti-Inflammatory Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding Parfait
Makes 2 Servings
- 1 cup of original almond milk, unflavored
- 6 tbsp whole chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey (or agave if preferred)
- Fresh fruit, nuts, and/ or granola (or Toasted Oat Topping) for topping
Mix almond milk, chia seeds, vanilla, and honey in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Spoon into a separate serving bowl and add desired toppings.