One fun fact about me: I have the biggest sweet tooth! Yup, just because I am a nutritionist doesn’t mean I don’t love sweets! You’ll notice that a chunk of my food blog is based around pancakes and chocolate-y things and that’s the reason why! However, I am constantly finding new and innovative ways to fill my sweet tooth, the HEALTHY way! Here is a great snack or dessert that does just that!
What are chia seeds?
Chia seeds originate from Central America and was a staple ingredient in the ancient Aztec diet. The seed come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica which is part of the mint family.
What are chia seeds nutrient value?
Lots! These little guys are a super food! They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory, hormones and overall health). They are rich in protein, provide 10 grams per ounce (2 tablespoons) of fiber and are rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
What are the health benefits?
Chia seeds are a new trend but small research studies have concluded that consumption of chia seeds (in addition to a healthy diet) may help improve cardiovascular risk factors by lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. To learn more, click here.
I personally put chia seeds in so many things – smoothies, salads, homemade oatmeal, pancakes, etc. They provide that extra nutrient value and I just overall, love them! Here’s my latest (and favorite one yet) recipe with this tiny powerful super food. Enjoy!
Ingredients: 4oz jar (or any container)
- 3 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 3/4 Tablespoon Navitas Cacao Powder
- 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Maple Syrup (I recently bought some in VT!)
- Place all ingredients in a 4oz (or any container).
- Cap and shake well.
- Place in refrigerator overnight.
- Eat alone or top with fresh berries & coconut whipped cream (recipe here)
My mojo is EASY, SIMPLE, DELICIOUS meals & snacks. This is JUST that!
Nutrient Facts (without whipped cream):
With coconut whipped cream: