Tea Time: Chia Seed Pudding
Posted: Jun 03 2014
Welcome to our very first week of Tuesday tea time with the twirLINGs! Every Tuesday we will discuss a topic that we feel is relevant to all things dance. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Feel free to share anything you have learned along the way as well. :)
The tea time topic of this week is the amazing, yet under-rated, Chia Seed Pudding.
To be honest, Alexandra and I have only recent discovered this miraculous thing. We've seen it everywhere, but why would we ever consider eating miniature ball things, especially in a pudding? Like what? The idea was just weird. About a couple of weeks ago, we saw one of our long time favorite fans, Natasha Sheehan, post a picture of chia seed pudding on her Instagram. That's when it all began.
So first things first, here are the top ten reasons to add chia seeds to your diet:
Chia seeds can help combat diabetes.
A one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre (that's one third of the recommended daily intake for adults!)
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain health.
One serving of chia seeds also has 18% of the daily recommended intake for calcium (aka strong teeth and bones).
It has manganese (helps your bones also)!
It also has phosphorus (what's up with these names - helps cell and tissue growth and repair).
Chia seeds are a great source of protein!
Chia can stabilize blood sugar, which can help belly fat (helloooo six pack).
It has a bunch of tryptophan, which helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood :D
Lastly, they improve heart health!
If you want to read more, here's the link to an article by the Huffington Post.
Alexandra and I are still experimenting with different types of recipes, but here is our favorite so far.
Vanilla Chia Pudding
Yields 3 half cup servings
1 1/2 cups (355 ml) almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup (50 grams) chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
**We like to use vanilla flavored almond or coconut milk for extra flavor!
Whisk together all the ingredients and refrigerate. Over the next half an hour, keep whisking the pudding so that the chia seeds don't clump together. Keep refrigerated for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Before serving, top with fresh berries or any other fruit. Shredded coconut adds a nice touch also! Feel free to experiment with it, there's no wrong way to make this.
The best part of this pudding (in our opinions anyway) is that you feel so clean and healthy after eating it. You don't even have to sacrifice taste! This keeps me full and energized for most of the morning, and kind of pumps you up for the day. You should definitely give it a try if it isn't part of your daily regimen already.