Easy Vegan Healthy Eating Recipes on the Go! Chocolate Chia Pudding
by Deb Powell
Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. When I discovered these, I was ecstatic. But they’re nothing new.
Chia seeds were an ancient staple of the Incan, Mayan, Aztec, and southwest Native Americans. Chia means ‘strength’ and was used as mega-energy food. Mexicans say one tablespoon can sustain a person for 24 hours.
These tiny seeds have an off-the-scale nutritional profile:
- 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain
- 5 times the calcium of milk, plus boron which helps transfer calcium into your bones
- 2 times the potassium as bananas
- 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- huge amounts of omega-3 and omega-6
- lots of fibre &
- vitamins B & C
Dieters love Chia seed since it has so many nutrients it satisfies hunger! Ya-hoo!
Other benefits are:
- energy, strength, and endurance
- level blood sugar
- easily digested
- aids in intestinal regularity
- gluten free
Make basic Chia gel by adding: 1/3 cup of seeds to 2 cups of water, stirring well to avoid clumping. They will be gelled in ten minutes and can be eaten immediately or kept in the fridge in a sealed jar up to 2 weeks. Dry seeds can be stored for 4-5 years.
I love putting the gelled seeds in things like: smoothies, juices, soups, salads and /or dressings. I add them after blending. You can sprinkle them on dry too.
For a special treat Chia pudding is the best!
Chocolate Chia Pudding
- 1 cup gelled Chia seeds
- 2 Tbs cocoa
- 2 Tbs maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Mix and eat. Options: 1Tbs tahini, ¼ tsp cinnamon…yummm…!
As we thank God for these powerful Chia seeds for our bodies, let’s not forget the most powerful seed for our spirits; GOD’S WORD.
Jesus said in Matthew 13:23:
“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word
and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty,
or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
So…until next time…
Tip #14: Be patient, healthy bodies and spirits take time.
My 15 year food journey has caused my taste buds to come alive and to anticipate new foods. I have lost weight, corrected health issues, and I’ve learned how important diet really is. Reading everything I could get my hands on truly opened my eyes to the evils of the food industry and how it is making us overweight and sick. I am in my 50’s and I am healthy, I take no medication, and I look more than 10 years younger than I am (so everyone says). The healthier we are now, the healthier we’ll be in our later years.
I came to be vegan one step at a time by gradually eliminating foods. Starting with; sea food, then meat, foul and fish, then eggs and dairy, all the while cutting out most processed foods, and totally eliminating pop. Then I went mostly raw, learned about juicing and smoothies, cut out most sugars, and I am now gluten free.
What’s left you ask? Mmmm….. I saved the best for last: lots and lots of vegetables with sides of legumes and grains, nuts and seeds, and fruit. I never go hungry.
There are many people living healthy vegan lifestyles today and they have created ways of making healthy alternatives for just about any food you could want.
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