Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve noticed chia seeds added to a lot of products lately – nutrition bars, cereals, breads, and also drinks. I asked about the health benefits of chia seeds while at a local health food/organic grocery store, and apparently, there are many health benefits:

  • Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 acids.
  • Chia seeds are rich in protein.
  • Chia seeds are gluten-free.
  • Chia seeds are high in fiber.
  • Chia seeds are rich in minerals and antioxidants.
  • Chia seeds can help regulate blood insulin levels.

While looking at some smoothie-type beverages which contained chia seeds, one of the store employees told me ways that I could make my own drinks and puddings with very few ingredients and save myself some money.  Since I hadn’t eaten chia seeds or chia powder before, and not knowing if I would like the taste or not, I bought a small amount from the bulk section.

At home, I mixed a cup of blueberry flavored Kefir milk and about 1/3 cup of black chia seeds.  As instructed, I let it refrigerate overnight.  The next day, the pudding-like mixture was ready.  I added some fresh berries, slivered almonds, and unsweetened coconut on top, as I might do with a yogurt parfait.  After a couple of bites, I drizzled a little blue agave nectar on top, as I felt it was missing something, taste-wise.

 

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To me, the chia seeds had the texture of sesame seeds, yet very little taste.  I would not object to using chia seeds again for their health benefits; I would not have them be one of the predominant flavors in recipes, though, opting for something with more flavor.