Food for Thought
by Simran Kular
Recently, due to some food intolerance issues, I have gone “gluten and dairy free”. For the most part it has been relatively easy for me but I am always on the lookout for interestng new recipes to add to the things I can now eat. Personally, I have had a much harder time losing the dairy than the wheat. My tea tastes different, no more cheese (which means pizza), most desserts are now off the table as well. So, when I came across the following recipe for chia seed pudding, I was very intrigued. I have been using chia in my protein shakes, in baking and in oatmeal but that was about it.
Chia has become very popular in the last few years as a proven superfood. It packs quite a nutritional punch and therefore is a great thing to add to your repertoire of healthy foods. A 1 tbsp. serving of chia seeds provides 7.5 g of carbohydrates, 5 g of fat and 2.5 g of protein. Chia is a gluten-free food that has more protein than rice, oats, wheat and other grains. Chia seeds provide more heart- healthy omega 3 faKy acids than any other plant food. They are also high in fiber — you’ll get 3.5 g of fiber in each tablespoon. In terms of vitamins and minerals, Chia seeds provide 8 percent of the daily requirement for iron, calcium, phosphorus and thiamin. You’ll also get 5 percent of the daily requirement for zinc and vitamin B6. Chia seeds also contain vitamin C, magnesium, niacin, folate and riboflavin.
If that didn’t convince you to start eaAng chia, the taste of this pudding will. This recipe is extremely versatile and if you google chia seed pudding you will find many variations to try. This is the recipe I tried and will use as my basic pudding going forward.
Chia Seed Pudding
1 cup Unsweetened almond/coconut milk beverage (or regular milk)
3/4 cup Fresh blueberries, blackberries and raspberries 2 tbsp Chia seeds
5-6 drops Liquid stevia (or sugar/honey to taste)
Combine the milk or milk alternaAve together with the chia seeds in glass jar with a lid. Cover and shake well, set
aside for 15 minutes. Give it another
good shake then refrigerate overnight or at least 5-6 hours. Add sweetener of choice to taste and top with fruit.
Try it this pudding with cocoa powder, vanilla or different fruits. This would make a delicious gluten free, dairy free breakfast or dessert. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
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