Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coconut Chia Pudding with Strawberries for Company

Did you get the memo that chia seeds are one of the most beneficial foods on the planet... while also being one of the least expensive???

"One of the best kept secrets in nutrition is the seed of a desert plant called chia, among the most nourishing, energy-giving, endurance-sustaining food products ever discovered... Royal planters of Aztec emperors grew precious chia seeds in floating gardens surrounding their capital city of Tenochitlan." - James F. Scheer, The Magic of Chia

Chia Seeds...
  • Have two times the protein of any other seed or grain and five times the calcium of milk
  • Are richer in potassium than bananas
  • Have three times the antioxidants as do blueberries and three times more iron than spinach
  • Contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in a beneficial, anti-inflammatory ratio
  • Boost strength, energy, and endurance
  • Level blood sugar
  • Induce weight loss
  • Cleanse the entire digestive tract
Chia seeds have also been found to be helpful with certain medical conditions:  overweight, thryroid problems, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, celiac disease, lowering cholesterol, diabetes, and hypoglycemia.

If you're looking for a budget-friendly, elegant raw dessert to make for a lot of company, this is it.

Coconut Chia Pudding with Strawberries:

1/2 c. heirloom chia seeds
3 cups spring water
1 1/2 c. coconut milk (1 c. water or coconut water blended with the meat of one young coconut 'til creamy) OR macadamia nut milk if you don't have a coconut on-hand)
About 1/3 c. raw honey or agave nectar (taste and adjust to your liking)
1 tsp. raw vanilla bean powder
a pinch of sun fire salt to bring out the sweetness and add minerals

1.  Soak the chia seeds in the water overnight.
2.  Whisk the now gelled chia/water combination with the coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and sun fire salt until well combined.  
3.  To serve:  Top with sliced strawberries and sprinkle with palm (coconut) sugar and cinnamon.   

The Raw Food World carries heirloom chia seeds in bulk, sea salt, honey, and everything else you need to make some amazing chia pudding!

1 comment:

  1. Your chia pudding was yummy, very light-as I ate it at night and it seemed to digest easily.