Chia seeds pack a lot of punch in their tiny size. The thing I like most about them is that they are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and are also loaded with proteins. Being a vegetarian I am always scouting for great sources of protein 😉
15g of chia seeds pack 3g of proteins and 5.6g of fibre. In terms of protein, this is equivalent to 1 egg white and in terms of fibre, this is close to fibre content from 2 whole wheat rotis (Indian Bread)!
More than just protein and fibre though, these seeds have 3 times more iron than spinach, 5 times more calcium than milk and 3 times more antioxidants than blueberries!!!
BUT more than all this what I like about them is that they can absorb water upto 10 times their weight!
Leave them overnight in some milk and you have tapioca textured delicious bubbles in your milk the next day!
Where to Buy Them: If you are wondering how you can get your hands on them, I bought these from BigBasket.com (they have become my go to for most grocery items). If BigBasket does not deliver them to your area, they are also available for the same price on Amazon. Check here – NourishYou Natural Chia Seeds – 150 grams
There are a lot of recipes to chose from when you are making chia pudding. The word ‘pudding’ here is a misnomer because they do not change the texture of the milk but only increase in size. Chia seeds can be used like any other seeds also to sprinkle on salads, omelette, soups, etc. But their ability to absorb so much water makes them popular in this ‘pudding’ form.
The basic ingredients you need for any chia pudding are the chia seeds (of course!), milk and mashed banana. Mix and keep them overnight in a fridge and the next day you can add whatever fruits and nuts you have at home. Here is the detailed recipe:
Recipe: No Sugar Added Chia Pudding:
1 cup of any Fresh Fruit (Apple, Seedless Grapes, Pomegranate)
1 large mashed Banana
1 cup Milk
2 tbsp Chia Seeds (use a measuring spoon or if using your regular kitchen tablespoon, use 3 heaped tablespoons)
4 tbsp of Mixed Nuts (Walnuts, Raisins or Almonds)
- Mix the mashed banana, milk and chia seeds in a bowl and set overnight in the fridge
- The following morning, add the fresh fruits and nuts to the mixture
Tip: Chia seeds tend to settle at the bottom and also stick to each other. A little stir, before adding the fruits and nuts, would disperse them.
The chia seed pudding is so versatile that you can add your own twist to it. If you stumble across a great combo do share it in the comments below. I would love to try it! 🙂