Whether you’re in a hurry and need a quick on-the-go breakfast or just looking for a light treat, this Berry Walnut Chia Seed Pudding is a must try!
In light of American heart month, I decided to stir up a heart-healthy chia seed pudding recipe. So what’s all the hype about on chia seeds anyhow? There have been numerous health claims made about the benefits of eating chia seeds. Anywhere from shinier hair, clearer skin, weight loss, increased satiety, and reduced sugar cravings. But are chia seeds the magical health seed we’ve all been searching for?
Native to Mexico, chia is an annual herb that was cultivated as a staple in the ancient Aztec diet. The seed portion of the chia plant is what you will find most commonly used in foods. Although studies haven’t shown any significant data to support weight loss, chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, soluble fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Due to its fatty acid and high dietary fiber content, chia seeds are considered in holistic medicine to be beneficial in reducing cardiovascular risk factors including diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and inflammation.
Chia seeds aren’t only used in foods to make a delicious pudding. Given the high nutrient content and versatility, chia seeds are a pantry staple. They can be used in a variety of ways:
- Sprinkle 1 or 2 tablespoons over oatmeal or yogurt or into a smoothie.
- Add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds at a time to thicken soups and stews.
- Get really crafty and mix up your own flavored chia jam. Simply add the chia seeds to pureed fruit until you reach the desired consistency.
- Add chia seeds to salad dressings, breads and muffins and when mixed with water, chia seeds can even act as an egg substitute.
Now to help you get started on your chia seed adventure, try this Berry Walnut Chia Seed Pudding full of antioxidants and heart-healthy ingredients!
Thanks to my intern, Shelby Utter, senior nutrition student and blogger at http://www.granola-girl.com, for this recipe idea and the research that went into this post.