My sister Catherine (also the creator of cute Easter egg bunnies) introduced me to Chia seeds (affiliate link), and I have really enjoyed playing with this newly-popular superfood! My favorite thing to do with them is to combine them with juice, just like you find in the Mamma Chia squeeze packs (or bottles – it’s the same thing in different packaging – this is also an affiliate link). These are really easy to make!
Take some seeds, add juice, and let sit. The Chia seeds absorb the liquid, and also thicken it up a little bit. You don’t need a lot of chia seeds, but the more you add the thicker the juice will be – to the point of becoming pudding-like. One tablespoon of chia seeds has five grams of fiber, three grams of protein, and two and a half grams of Omega 3s. Pretty incredible!
This particular chia seed concoction was very thick, partly because the juice I used was thick and partly because I put so many chia seeds in. It wound up as a solid chia pudding consistency, and while I liked it all right, I tend to like “super healthy tasting” foods. The kids and Mike prefer more juice with fewer seeds. To get the kind of consistency you find in Mamma Chia packs, I find that it works best to soak the seeds in some plain water first – just a little – and then to add juice. That seems to create a nicer texture; I’m not sure why. You can also blend chia seeds into smoothies. They will pack the same nutritional punch, but are pretty much tasteless. They do thicken up smoothies quite a bit, so be prepared for that!
Have you tried chia seeds? How do you like to eat them?