Chia seeds are a wonderfully nutrient dense food - with 0 net carbohydrates (1 tbsp provides 6 grams of fiber, however!), omega 3 fatty acids, and a complete protein!
They also contain an abundance of minerals to keep your bones strong. 6 times more calcium than milk, 64% more potassium than a banana, 32% of your daily magnesium (more than broccoli), 6 times more iron than spinach, and more niacin than corn, rice & soy!
And just for an added benefit, chia seeds have powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are incredibly important in cancer prevent! Chia seeds have double the amount antioxidants found in blueberries.
While there are an infinite amount of possibilities of ways to enjoy chia seeds, this is one of my favorite!
· 4 TBSP chia seeds
· 3/4 cup coconut milk
· 1 tsp vanilla extract
· 1/2 banana, chopped
· 1/4 cup cocao nibs
· 1 tsp cinnamon
Soak coconut seeds in coconut milk for 15-30 minutes - making sure to stir a few times. The chia seeds will begin to form a sort of "gel" that makes a perfect pudding!
Add vanilla extract and banana and top with cocao nibs and cinnamon.
Enjoy for breakfast, lunch a great snack any time of the day!
Other variations: Include apples, berries, dried fruits, almonds, walnuts, nutmeg, etc.