Some people are healthy, and then some people just like pain. My husband is one such pain inflicting health nut. He does things like take shots of apple cider vinegar – straight – with no chaser – grin and bear it. He also drinks a glass of Chia Seeds every night. He once tried to get me to drink a glass and I COULD NOT. He sat across the kitchen counter from me and watched like a disapproving coach over my inability to toughen up and drink the goop. I kept gaging into the sink and he had no sympathy for me, just pure disapproval. The thing about chia seeds is the longer you wait the more they absorb the water and the more dense and glue-like they become. It’s made to weed out the weak, survival of the fittest. If you can’t gag it down fast enough you’re out of the game because nobody can get down pure concrete. Most people soak them and throw them into a smoothie, not Trever, he wants to feel the pain of health.
The thing is, if you can get them down you should. Their main benefits are protein, fiber, calcium and omega 3&6 fatty acids, plus a HUGE amount of antioxidants. First, the antioxidants are known to fight cancer and premature aging. The fiber keeps your digestive system moving aiding in colon health, and balances insulin, a necessary component for our high sugar American diets. There are host of reasons why inflammation is hard on our bodies, and it’s a chronic problem due to the way we eat. I’ve been doing a lot of research on anti-inflammatory diets so I’ll probably discuss later, but for now this is a really helpful way to balance things out. The calcium is crucial for bone health and a necessary dietary element for vegans. Remember the nice visual I gave you earlier of chia seeds soaking up so much water that you have to down it like a frat boy before it becomes a solid mass? Well this lovely water absorption quality is actually really helpful in your digestive system, because it prolongs hydration and promotes nutrient absorption, great for before a workout. It essentially does what a sports drink does without the sugar. Also a vain side effect– it helps reduce belly fat.
So there are a lot of recipes online for chia seed pudding, which is a way of tricking yourself into thinking you're eating a weird dessert when it's just maj healthy. Some recipes will put you in the casket, others are amazing...as puddings go. I have made both. Some recipes tell you that it only takes thirty minutes to become like pudding, but if you’re using milk then it takes around 4 hours, or overnight (dairy milk takes longer). Honey is absolutely essential to this pudding’s survival, just get it in there, lots of honey. I did several versions, some with dairy free milk, some with cow’s milk to get the benefits from the fat, and they both worked well. Note: if you’re the type that gags looking at rice pudding, just walk away, this isn’t for you.
Blueberry Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
½ cup almond milk // ½ cup coconut milk // 1 tbsp. coconut shavings // 2 tbsp. chia seeds // blueberries // honey
Place milk, coconut, honey and chia seeds in a glass and stir until honey dissolves (you can sub this for agave if you prefer, it would mix in better) and cover, store in the fridge overnight. Remove from fridge and drizzle more honey and add bluberry’s to top.
Vanilla Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding
½ cup full fat cow’s milk // ½ cup almond milk // 2 tbsp. chia seeds // ½ tsp. cinnamon // ¼ tsp. vanilla // honey
Place all ingredients in a glass, stir, cover and store in the fridge overnight. Add some extra cinnamon and honey for good measure and enjoy!