Oh...how I love my chia!  Many of you might be familiar with chia thanks to its great debut as the infamous Chia Pet.  Well, lucky for us, its incredible benefits aside from being a household favorite has finally been brought to the limelight!  
    Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3, fiber, and protein, as well as vitamins and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.  It is fantastic for diabetics, those striving to lose weight, or anyone interested in living a healthy existence.  So, in a nutshell, these magic little seeds do not discriminate.  They are for all to enjoy.
    Chia seeds can be sprinkled on pretty much anything your lil heart desires.  Yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, salads, smoothies, and the list goes on and on.  Chia seeds can be soaked in a little bit of water for 5-10 minutes and they will form a gelatinous coat making them even more easily digestible.  Also, they can be soaked and used as a replacement for eggs in recipes due to their ability to bind.
    Chia has been coined a "superfood" due to its plethora of beneficial properties, as well as its versatility.  So don't hesitate to make it a regular part of your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or even as a knock-your-socks-off dessert (as shown in the lovely, amateur photo above).  
    I am happily passing on this super yummy recipe (see below).  If you are trying to cure a chocolate craving, substitute regular almond milk for chocolate almond milk.  Enjoy and take care!
                                                                                                                            Wishing you all the best of health & happiness,  
                                                                                                                                                                                        Stacy xoxo    

Chia Pudding
1.5 cups almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
fruit of your choice
toasted coconut

 Mix the almond milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract,
cover and place in fridge. Leave for 1 hour. The chia seeds will absorb some of
the almond milk and will end up texturally like tapioca. After an hour the
almond milk should be quite thick.
 Add sliced fruit and toasted coconut, now you’ve got a
superfood dessert!


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