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You read a few weeks ago about the many nutritional benefits of chia seeds. What are the tastiest ways to get them into your diet?
Frozen Yogurt with Chia Sprinkles
• 1 cup yogurt (greek, whole milk, homemade, coconut; your preference)
• 1 pound frozen pineapple chunks
• vanilla stevia
• chia seeds
In a high power blender combine yogurt, pineapple and 1 dropper full of vanilla stevia. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed. Spoon into bowls, then sprinkle each with ½ tablespoon of chia seeds.
Chia Pudding – this peanut butter chocolate parfait is deliciously layered, and each flavor also stands well on its own. Play with your own flavor profile or follow these ratios:
For each serving:
• 2 Tablespoons whole chia seeds
• ½ cup liquid (milk, nut milk, coconut milk, etc.)
• 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup OR 1-2 droppers full of stevia, to taste
Combine, then flavor with cocoa powder, vanilla, nut butter, fruit puree or whatever strikes your fancy! Allow to gel in the refrigerator for two hours or overnight.
NOTE: To blend or not to blend? This seems to be a highly personal preference. First, try without blending. If you don’t love the texture, add the prepared pudding to your blender and give it a whirr. Confession: one of us likes to eat the peanut butter pudding after it’s combined and before it sets! That works, too.
Chia Seed Popsicles – Make your favorite green smoothie or green juice. Add 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds for every cup of liquid and stir well. Immediately pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until firm, then enjoy!