Chia seeds have become a popular functional food as it contains gluten free protein and is nutrient dense. If you are a busy parent, entrepreneur, or have a hectic work schedule, try my overnight cherry chia seed pudding. This recipe allows you to have an easy, delicious and nutrient dense breakfast or snack available throughout day while working with your busy schedule.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are known to be one of the most superb plant sources of omega 3 fatty acid. Omega 3 fatty acids have been associated with several physiological functions in the human body. The benefits of omega 3 fatty acids include benefiting cell function and metabolism, heart, brain, hormone and immune health, and reducing inflammation. This fatty acid is important in maternal and prenatal health as it plays a role in the development of the retina and brain in a growing fetus (learn more).
Chia seeds are also a source of potent antioxidants such as quercetin, chlorogenic acid and caffiec acid, which have been found to be cardiac protective, liver protective and contain anti-aging properties.
Chia seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fibre, which benefits digestive health and aids in the management of diabetes mellitus. Chia seeds have higher concentrations of the beneficial unsaturated fatty acids and contain phenolic compounds (plant chemicals known to benefit human health and have antioxidant activity).
Chia seeds also carry several therapeutic properties such as aiding in hypertension, reducing inflammation, depression, anxiety and reducing blood clotting.
Chia seeds are a source of the following minerals;
Chia Seed Pudding with Cherry Sauce
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Chia Seed Pudding
- 1 cup Nature’s Charm Evaporated Coconut Milk
- 3 tbs white chia seeds
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbls pure maple syrup (with no added sugars)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a cup and give the mixture a good stir.
- Cover the cup and store in the fridge overnight or until the mixture gels.
- 1 cup fresh red cherries
- 3 tbs water
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup (no sugar added)
- ½ tsp cornstarch
- Pinch of salt
- Mix together the water, maple syrup, cornstarch, and salt in a sauce pan.
- Add the cherries and turn on the stove to high heat.
- Bring the sauce to a boil, turn down the stove temperature to medium to low heat, cover the pot and allow the sauce to simmer until the mixtures begins to thicken and becomes bubbly. This process takes roughly 15 minutes of cooking time.
- When the mixture thickens and becomes foamy and bubbly, stir the mixture and turn the stove to high heat. Let the sauce boil for 1 minute and remove from the stove.
- Set aside to cool before pouring the sauce over your chia seed pudding.
- Store remaining sauce in the fridge to enjoy with your next chia pudding.