Chia “oatmeal” brings back childhood memories of long midwest winters when my british father made porridge for us on cold mornings and then said “cheerio” as he left for the office. Chia pudding is the modern, delicious, super food, version of oatmeal swapping carbs for pure protein and increasing the nutritional value.
Modernizing my diet has been a metamorphosis revealing a fresh new me! Staying current and accepting change is part of personal growth and should be embraced. I've found the effort and risk of restarting new chapters of my life always leads me to a healthy place. So start investing in your health one small chia seed at a time.
Don’t be fooled by the size of chia. A one oz. serving equals 2 Tbs. of chia seeds. Chia is a perfect protein, high fiber seed that absorbs ten times its weight in water to keep your belly full. Chia also contains Omega 3 fatty acids for brain health, tryptophan to regulate appetite, 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (5 of which are Omega-3s), 18% of daily RDA of calcium for bone and teeth health, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus for cell and tissue growth and repair. Also Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1(Thiamine) and Vitamin B2. This is particularly impressive when you consider that one oz. is only 137 calories!
¼ C hemp seeds
½ C. spring water
Blend hemp hearts and spring water for 30 seconds or until milk forms.
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla
½ -1 C. hemp milk
Layer all ingredients together in the milk in a glass jar.
Stir well, cover and place in the fridge for one to two hours.
Mix gently with spoon after one hour to check thickness.
Ready when consistency resembles oatmeal.
Top with your choice of fresh or dried fruit and berries and granola!