Nearly everyone has probably heard of or even owned a chia pet, but did you know that those tiny seeds are edible? Chia seeds are native to Central America and were eaten by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Like salmon, chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids that help lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation and help maintain good cardiac health. In fact, chia seeds are the richest plant source of both omega-3 and protein. They can also provide long lasting energy and help balance out blood sugar levels. They are also low in fat, a good source of fiber and are full of antioxidants that can help prevent cancers and other diseases. However, one of the biggest benefits of chia seeds is that they can aid in weight loss. When the seeds are moistened, they form a gel like coating that adheres to the outside of the seed. When trying to lose weight, they can make you feel full longer. Eat chia seeds right out of the package, sprinkle them over yogurt, add them to oatmeal or use them to make a delicious pudding. The texture will be similar to tapioca.
Mango Coconut Chia Pudding
1/2 c. light coconut milk
1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk
3/4 c. fresh ripe champagne mango, diced
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. sweetened shredded coconut
4-6 drops Nu-Naturals liquid stevia (or sugar/honey to taste)
Combine all ingredients in a large container. Mix well and close container. Refrigerate 5-6 hours or overnight. Divide into two servings and enjoy.