Kiwi Chia Pudding
Not related to the chia pet variety, this pudding tastes deeelish and is an easy go-to snack. It may take you awhile to get used to the gel-like consistency and texture, but once you find that perfect fruit/topping combo -you're golden.
Native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds were originally cultivated by the Aztecs and valued for their nutritional and medicinal properties. Today they are sought after for their high content of omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and numerous vitamins and minerals. Chia can also increase fat burning, metabolism and help improve hydration.
They may be tiny but they're a nutrient-dense super food filled with vitamins, micronutrients and antioxidants. They're naturally gluten-free, usually grown organically and are non-GMO.
A 28 gram (2 tablespoons) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA)
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.