09 February 2014

Dr. Jill's Chia Pudding (dairy-free, gluten-free & delish!)

Photo credit to http://www.sheknows.ca

Why I love Chia Seed...
Harvested from the salvia hispanics plant and a member of the mint family, the chia seeds’ value as both a source of sustenance has been recognized for thousands of years. The ancient Aztecs regarded chia seeds as one of their most essential grains so much that they were used as currency. In modern times, they are classified as functional foods and considered by many to be a perfect super food. Chia seeds are also rich in dietary fiber essential in maintaining the health of their digestive systems.  The large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds are helpful in soothing the inflammation in the digestive system and promote better absorption of nutrients. With such a great amount of nutrition in so every little seed, there is little wonder why chia seeds are ranked highly among nature’s super foods.

  • 2/3 cup organic chia seeds (I use Organic Salba)
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped dates or pure organic maple syrup (Use stevia instead if you are on the Candida Diet)
  • 1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
Optional Add-ins:
  • 2 tablespoons toasted coconut flakes (Crazy Coconut version)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of organic cocoa powder ( Devine Chocolate version)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Thorne Vegalite protein powder (for Post-workout Protein version)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of blueberries or raspberries (for Very Berry version)
  • 1 teaspoon of organic matcha green tea powder (Super Antioxidant Energy version)
  • 1/3 cup of mashed banana (Tropical Banana version)
Put chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla & cinnamon in a 1-quart glass jar with a lid. Tighten the lid and shake well to thoroughly combine. Alternatively use food processor to blend coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and add chia. Refrigerate overnight or at least 1-2 hours.

When ready to serve, stir well. Spoon into bowls and top with fresh berries, shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, or chopped nuts!


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