I discovered chia seeds at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. My friend introduced me to kombucha, and the kind that I drank was grape flavored with chia seeds. Besides them being a great source for omega-3 FAs and fiber, they are like candy to me. They absorb 10x weight when put in a liquid, so they blow up like little jelly beads! How fun. Because they expand, you will feel full, too. Chia seeds have been deemed the “runners superfood” & some suggest that they can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease & diabetes, but most studies done on chia seeds are animal studies or studies that involve a small amount of human subjects, so there are still areas to research to more thoroughly understand the benefits.
Regardless, they have a high amount of omega-3s and they are yummy. You can add them to smoothies, on yogurt, in juice, or whatever, really. I get mine from Trader Joes. If you want to make them expand before you put them in a drink, I go by this ratio: 1/4 c chia seeds to 1 c liquid. Let it sit for at least 24 hours.
My favorite way to enjoy them is in chocolate soy milk. I soak 1/4 c chia seeds in 1 c chocolate soy milk and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. It makes chocolate pudding! Sometimes I will put a spoonful or two in the bottom of a cup and top it off with chocolate soy milk and drink it like that. I have found this a great snack in between teaching & practicing Bikram yoga classes, or for breakfast if I don’t want to eat too much before class.
While on the subject of chocolate, I love it. After being dairy-free, I have had to like dark chocolate. But you have to be careful, because a lot of dark chocolate still has dairy in it! Wah. If you are having a SERIOUS chocolate craving, I suggest this smoothie: Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie. Might sound too …… I don’t know, gross? Or chocolatey? Or ew, my grandma eats chocolate covered cherries and those gross me out. But no, this is SO good. You can buy a bag of frozen dark cherries for like $3 at Whole Foods (my local TJ’s doesn’t carry frozen cherries). It’s kind of like a chocolatey milkshake, but you don’t feel guilty drinking it. Try it, it’s good.
1 c soy or almond milk
1 c frozen dark cherries
2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I use dark chocolate coca powder)
1 Tbsp honey/agave
1 c ice
1 Tbsp minature chocolate chips to top it off with