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Cooking With Kate: Chia Seed Pudding

April 11, 2014

If you haven’t caught on by now, Kate is amazing. I love going over to her house because I always get to try something she’s concocting. She has been making a simple yet incredibly healthy pudding using chia seeds. Chia seeds are packed with omega-3’s, loaded with Calcium and antioxidants! They give you energy and even aid in weight loss by suppressing the appetite since they can absorb many times their size and weight in liquid which helps lessen the amount of food consumed!

Chia Seeds also can combat diabetes, gives you stronger teeth and bones, packed with manganese, phosphorus, loaded in protein and improves your heart and health. Historically, The Aztec, Mayans, and Incan’s used chia seeds as a staple in their diet as energy food and would use them to sustain and give them endurance during long runs or battle.

Put away those horrid energy drinks that are loaded with dangerous chemicals and start consuming chia seeds daily for a real energy burst!

Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups coconut milk  OR (almond milk, raw or organic pasteurized milk)

1/3 cup chia seeds

2 TBSP honey or Agave (local is best to fight allergies)

1 TSP cinnamon

1/2 TSP vanilla
1. Combine all the ingredients in a pint jar. Cover the jar with a  lid and give a vigorous shake. 
2. Chill for about an hour, then return to the jar and shake again. (this helps with clumping)
3. For best results, chill at least 4 hours. Overnight is even better.
4. Serve cold with sliced fruit, toasted nuts, or mint. 
*Our favs are bananas, mangoes, and raspberries
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Chocolate Chia 
1 1/4 cups coconut milk 
1/4 cup chia seeds
3 TBSP raw cacao powder (baking cocoa will work)
1 TBSP honey
Pinch of sea salt
1. Combine all the ingredients in a pint jar. Cover the jar with a  lid and give a vigorous shake. 
2. Chill for about an hour, then return to the jar and shake again. (this helps with clumping)
3. For best results, chill at least 4 hours. Overnight is even better.
4. Garnish with chocolate shavings or other favorite topping

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Another fun twist!!

Chocolate Espresso Chia
1 1/4 cups coconut milk
1/3 cup brewed espresso or double-strength coffee
2 TBSP cocoa powder
3 TBSP honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup shredded dried coconut (optional)
1. Combine all the ingredients in a pint jar. Cover the jar with a  lid and give a vigorous shake. 
2. Chill for about an hour, then return to the jar and shake again. (this helps with clumping)
3. For best results, chill at least 4 hours. Overnight is even better.
4. Garnish with coconut shavings.
You can customize your pudding how ever you want! Let your kids decide and chose all the flavors to make it fun for them and remind them that the Indians used them to give them energy! What child doesn’t want to be strong and fast like Indians?
Store Your chia seed pudding in cute miniature mason jars for easy grab and go in the mornings for the whole family!
Kate’s outfit by Heylee B. 

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