That’s right— the same chia seeds you put atop the heads of ceramic characters are a delicious ingredient that you should be incorporating into your diet.

The nutritional benefits of chia seeds are numerous. They contain notable amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. One ounce of chia seeds contains a whopping 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Talk about a seed that packs a punch!

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Chia seeds have significant culinary versatility as well. They can be added on top of yogurt, salads, and pasta for a delicious crunchy texture. They have a subtle and earthy tang.

However, chia seeds can take an entirely different form when they are soaked in any sort of liquid—they become gelatinous and soft.  Chia pudding made with coconut milk is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy dessert.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp black chia seeds
  • Agave nectar or other sweetener (to taste)
  • an airtight Tupperware container
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To Assemble:

  • Whisk all ingredients, except chia seeds, together in the tupperware
  • Mix in chia seeds
  • Cover with lid and let set in refrigerator for at least 12 hours
  • Enjoy!

 

 

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-Lia Rosalsky, CW Philly