EASY RECIPE FOR USING CHIA

EASY RECIPE FOR USING CHIA

The first ingredient in the Conscious Cupboard was the small but mighty Chia Seed. To start using it and incorporating it into your diet, I suggest this easy recipe to eat for breakfast or as a healthy quick snack.

As we have seen, it is important to activate the chia seeds, in order to absorb all their nutritional properties and facilitate their digestion. By soaking them, they will increase in volume and produce a mucilaginous gelatin… yes, the mixture will look a little strange but this is what will make us get a Pudding consistency, perfect to eat with a spoon or to add to other preparations. You can use the seeds whole or ground, but the important thing is always to hydrate them. And if you were wondering what happened to all your salads and toast sprinkled with dry seeds in the past, well… nothing: chia seeds are so small and hard because of its high fiber content, you probably haven’t taken advantage of practically none of its goodness. So here’s how to get the most out of them and see how versatile they can be! 

Chía Pudding

Course: Basics, Breakfast, SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking timeminutes

What do I need?

  • 30 grs Chia Seeds ( 3 tbsp )

  • 200 cc Vegetable Milk ( less than 1 glass)

  • Sweetening options:
  • Agave Syrup, Rice Syrup, Liquid Stevia, Apple Concentrate, Diced Dates.

  • Flavor options:
  • Cocoa powder, Carob powder, Vanilla extract, Citrus zest.

  • Fresh Fruit! You can add it in pieces or if you use the pulp replace part of the vegetable milk with it to intensify the flavor of the chia pudding.

  • Nut / Peanut Butters: You can add a tablespoon of your favorite butter to add good quality fats. Make sure it is 100% of that ingredient, without any extra additions.

  • Granola on top, for an extra crunch! Choose always homemade granola made with good quality ingredients.

  • Optional Superfoods
  • Spirulina powder – Antioxidant, provides essential amino acids.

  • Maca Powder – Revitalizing, fights against fatigue

  • Acai powder or pulp – Antioxidant, high omegas and fiber content

  • Hemp powder or seeds – Great source of protein

  • Reishi mushroom – Regulates metabolism, strengthens the immune system

  • Ashawanda – Anti-inflammatory property, reduces stress.

step by step!

  • Well, this is the easiest recipe in the world: You only have to hydrate the seeds in your favorite vegetable milk or you can also use water if you prefer.
    This base can be modified and with the amount of drink of the recipe, you´ll get an intermediate texture, if you prefer the pudding with less liquid, reduce the amount, and if you want it to be more fluid, add more.
  • It is important that the seeds are properly hydrated for at least 20-30 minutes in the vegetable milk of your choice. Personally when I prepare this for breakfast, I make it the night before and leave it in the fridge, this way I make sure that everything is well hydrated but also – when I add other flavors – they all integrate better.

Notes

  • Super TIP: This mixture will be your Chia Base that you can also keep in the fridge and add a couple of tablespoons to different preparations, such as your yogurt bowl in the morning or post-workout smoothies, as well as savory recipes, such as a vegetable cream, a salad dressing or as in this recipe below that can be eaten with nachos or for a savory breakfast:
  • Avocado Chia Smash: Take a large avocado, mash it with a fork, place it in a bowl and add a squeeze of lemon or lime and another good dash of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and finally two tablespoons of your Chia Base. For an extra kick, some chopped fresh herbs, such as mint, basil or cilantro, and enjoy it on a good sourdough toast…. do me a favor, you wont stop making this recipe!
  • In the case of sweetening with diced dates, I recommend a longer hydration so that they can hydrate better. The quantities will always be to taste, I recommend tasting little by little until you find your ideal sweetness level.
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Get creative, experiment and if you do, upload a photo and tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see what yummy things you can make with this versatile and nutritious seed!