Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chia Pudding

I learned a lot from the newly released movie Hungry for Change. One thing in particular was that chia seeds are excellent for helping move fat soluble toxins out of the body. This is especially important when you are losing weight (ie. body fat) and releasing previously stored fat soluble toxins into your system. So, I wanted to find a way to include chia seeds in my diet. I found this recipe for Chia Pudding on the Whole Foods website. Here's the link http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2836 or you can just use the copy below. Note that while they provide nutrition information they also caution that these are strictly for educational purposes.

This is not a typical dessert pudding. The consistency is OK but, there is very little sweetness. Commenters on the Whole Foods site recommended adding a little honey or agave nectar. I used organic stevia.

Chia Pudding

Serves 6
Chia seeds soaked overnight turn into a simple pudding, similar in consistency to tapioca.
2/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk such as soy, almond or rice milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons currants or chopped dried figs or dates
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
Put chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla in a 1-quart glass jar with a lid. Tighten the lid and shake well to thoroughly combine. Or, stir together seeds, almond milk and vanilla in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, stir well. Spoon into bowls and top with fruit and coconut.
Per serving: 280 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 49g total carbohydrate (7g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 3g protein

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