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!
- 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:
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 :)
happy nomming, as always.