Superfoods – Chia Seeds

Written by Joanna McCracken

The term “superfood” is used to describe foods that are dense with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. In the words of raw foodie, David Wolfe, they are a class of the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient-rich foods on the planet. A few examples are chia seeds, raw honey, bee pollen, cacao, hemp products, sea vegetables, spirulina, maca, acai and goji berries.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate most of these “superfoods” into your daily routine is a smoothie. However, there are tons of other creative ways to use them. For example, this past month I have been obsessed with chia seeds, which develop a gelatinous texture when soaked in liquid. This makes them a perfect substitution for eggs in vegan baking, as well as an all-star ingredient for vegan pudding. They also happen to be an incredible source of omega 3s, fiber and antioxidants; and studies have shown them to ease IBS, improve skin conditions (such as eczema), and regulate blood sugar levels.

See below for three different but equally delicious vegan pudding recipes.

Vegan Chia Seed Pudding 

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe by Pepper My Salt

Blueberry Acai Breakfast Pudding

Serves two

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 tbsp acai
  • 1 tsp agave, stevia, raw honey or maple syrup

Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Transfer to bowl. Let stand overnight or for 8 hours. Top with banana, blueberries, granola, and/or bee pollen.

Vanilla “Tapioca” Pudding

Serves two

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp agave, stevia, raw honey or maple syrup

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. Let stand overnight or for 8 hours. Top with fruit if desired.

Chocolate Pudding

Serves two

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1-2 tbsp agave, stevia, raw honey or maple syrup

Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Transfer to bowl. Let stand overnight or for 8 hours. Top with fruit if desired.

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Joanna McCracken photo by fluid frame

Joanna McCracken is a holistic health coach and 500-hour certified yoga teacher who loves to cook.  Her goal is to educate and assist people throughout their unique journey to better health, and to make that journey fun and delicious! Visit Joanna’s blog, Pepper My Salt, or follow her on Facebook.

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