May 28, 2012

So today I made Chia Seed Banana pudding which is really another way of saying I blended almond milk with banana and chia seeds (which are known for their gel-like consistency when added to water or other liquid). 
Besides their amazing liquid-absorption properties which can bulk up or thicken any sauce/liquid mixture, Chia seeds are also great for you! 
Benefits of Chia Seeds,taken from here and here!
Increases Energy levels
Increases endurance levels
Helps with weight loss
Normalises blood sugar levels
Cleanses the colon
Gets rid of the toxins
Prolongs hydration
Reduce inflammation
Helps tone muscles
Helps to lower the blood pressure
Improves mental performance
Improves night rest and mood
Lowers the risk of heart diseases
Improves overall health
Lowers cholesterol
Absorbs extra acid, helping to get rid of acid reflux
Helps thyroid conditions
Helps IBS
Helps celiac disease
Besides EFAs, Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. 2 tablespoons of Chia = 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, 5 grams omega-3
All you really need to do is add any type of liquid to make a chia seed “gel” that can compliment any dessert or be a meal on its own. The more liquid you add, the thinner the mixture will be (and vise versa for if you add more seeds) For this particular banana pudding, I blended: 
Ingredients
1/2 C unsweetened almond milk 
1 ripe banana
In a food processor, then added that banana-smoothie mixture to about 1/4 C Organic Chia seeds, et violà! 
This makes a decently large size mixture because the chia seeds expand! 
Since I’m pretty much obsessed with these seeds right now, I’m dying to make a cold glass of Chia Fresca, a drink that’s popular in Mexico and other Latin American Countries. Will update later on how that turned out :)
Till then-
happy nomming, as always.

So today I made Chia Seed Banana pudding which is really another way of saying I blended almond milk with banana and chia seeds (which are known for their gel-like consistency when added to water or other liquid). 

Besides their amazing liquid-absorption properties which can bulk up or thicken any sauce/liquid mixture, Chia seeds are also great for you! 

Benefits of Chia Seeds,taken from here and here!

    • Increases Energy levels
    • Increases endurance levels
    • Helps with weight loss
    • Normalises blood sugar levels
    • Cleanses the colon
    • Gets rid of the toxins
    • Prolongs hydration
    • Reduce inflammation
    • Helps tone muscles
    • Helps to lower the blood pressure
    • Improves mental performance
    • Improves night rest and mood
    • Lowers the risk of heart diseases
    • Improves overall health
    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Absorbs extra acid, helping to get rid of acid reflux
    • Helps thyroid conditions
    • Helps IBS
    • Helps celiac disease

Besides EFAs, Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium, niacin, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus. 2 tablespoons of Chia = 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, 5 grams omega-3

All you really need to do is add any type of liquid to make a chia seed “gel” that can compliment any dessert or be a meal on its own. The more liquid you add, the thinner the mixture will be (and vise versa for if you add more seeds) For this particular banana pudding, I blended: 

Ingredients

1/2 C unsweetened almond milk 

1 ripe banana

In a food processor, then added that banana-smoothie mixture to about 1/4 C Organic Chia seeds, et violà! 

This makes a decently large size mixture because the chia seeds expand! 

Since I’m pretty much obsessed with these seeds right now, I’m dying to make a cold glass of Chia Fresca, a drink that’s popular in Mexico and other Latin American Countries. Will update later on how that turned out :)

Till then-

happy nomming, as always.

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