The Hype about Chia Seeds & Strawberry Chia Pudding

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Easy & healthy Strawberry Chia Pudding – an occasional treat to satisfy my sweet cravings

Strawberry Chia Pudding

Chia Chia Chia. Chia seeds (salvia hispanica) have been catapulted into the category of ancient super food. Ain’t that great because “Chia” is my Chinese name.


All the health food sites are raving about chia seeds – the miraculous seed that has a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid, helps build muscle and lowers cholesterol.  In the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, he wrote about the ancient civilizations such as the Incas, Mayans and Aztec who used chia seeds to help bring strength to hunters and warriors on long expeditions. Am I late to get on the bandwagon of chia seed? Are they really worth the hype as a miracle running fuel?

I started using chia seeds about 2 years ago, sprinkling them on my big breakfast oats and smoothies. More than 1 tablespoon a day will send me purging. I find this strange as it does not happen to other people I know, but it didn’t get me curious enough to investigate this further. I stayed with 1 teaspoon occasionally.

2 months ago, I attended a nutrition talk with a group of good friends. This company was selling a specific blend of chia seeds that claimed to help many illnesses. Mix an amount of the blend with water and drink throughout the day. So 4 of us decided to experiment with normal chia seeds. I purged on the first 3 days. By the 5th day, fatigue made me gave up. During these 5 days, the 4 of us noticed that we ate less as we felt semi-full throughout the day. Maybe the sticky gel formed from the soaked seeds has a similar effect like psyllium husk of keeping you full? It is not surprising that all 4 lost some weight after 5 days.

As I dig deeper, there is research showing findings that the sticky gel from chia seeds forms a barrier which impairs digestion, fat absorption and causes a low protein digestibility. Definitely not helping someone with leaky gut condition like me.

Strawberry Chia Pudding

I do not know enough about chia seeds to say it’s alright to use them as a staple food, definitely not a big bowl of chia pudding for daily breakfast like some practices. I would prefer some real staple food like breakfast oats or egg muffin. I always adopt the philosophy of moderation, regardless whether it’s super food or not. Unless it’s a prescribed supplement by my naturopath. If you want to know more about my findings, the links are at the bottom of this post.

Strawberry chia pudding as an occasional treat? Why not?  It is an easy & yummy dessert. Mix, blend, chill, eat. Don’t like strawberries? Replace with your favourite fruits. 2 tablespoon of this healthy chia pudding is good to satisfy my dessert cravings.

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Strawberry Chia Pudding
 
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Easy & healthy strawberry chia pudding - an occasional treat to satisfy my sweet cravings
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Recipe type: Sweet Treats
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix chia seeds, almond milk, honey and vanilla essence in a container or jar, chill for at least 1 hour. Use a whisk or fork to mix well to prevent the chia seeds from clumping together.
  2. Puree strawberries in processor and chill.
  3. To serve, scoop alternately the chia mixture and strawberry puree to make swirl designs.
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Notes
Cook’s note:
- A simpler method is to blend milk, honey, strawberries and vanilla, then pour into a container/jar with the chia seeds. Mix well and chill for at least 1 hour.
- A 3rd method is to add cut fruits into the milk - chia mixture, and chill.
- The recipe gives a western soup-like consistency, which I prefer. If you want a thicker pudding, use 1 cup milk.
- Choice of milk - dairy milk, nut milk, coconut milk, hemp milk
- Can be stored in the fridge up to 3 days.

 

Source:

http://www.primalbritain.co.uk/chia-seeds-benefits-and-side-effects/
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1224-CHIA.aspx?activeIngredientId=1224&activeIngredientName=CHIA
http://thepaleodiet.com/seed-fatty-acid-composition/

9 Comments

  1. Nice article Shannon, I love chia. Science is just now catching up on all the benefits that chia can offer. It seems like new things are being discovered almost daily. Chia seed is very nutritious, and is the only vegetative source of complete protein, otherwise found only in animal products.

  2. Interesting and honest information about chia! I have yet to test them out, but not I hesitate after reading your problems. I don’t have a very good digestive system due to an autoimmune disease so I now question if chia seeds would be problematic. It definitely would, as you say, something that I should only use in moderation. Your strawberry pudding does look quite delicious. Thanks for this post!
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    • Not all body is the same, each react differently, so it’s best to listen to my body for what works best. Maybe chia might not be an issue for you. just test out a little

  3. I have only just discovered chia seeds, and I think they are fabulous! I love the addition of the strawberries.
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  4. Hi Shannon! I bought a packet of chia seeds recently and they are still sitting in my cupboard! Your strawberry chia pudding looks very attractive. I haven’t tasted chia seeds yet and one day, I’d like to make the pudding 🙂
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  5. Thank you so much for such an honest appraisal of chia. I haven’t used it yet, but I have bought some that has been sitting in my cupboard for a few weeks now while I work out what I want to try first with it. I think I will have to look further into its properties before I use it more than occasionally as you say. My pancreas does not work properly – in particular with dealing with fats and oils, so I will check this out further. Thanks so much for the heads up, and thanks for the further links!!

    • Actually I was quite worried before hitting the publish button. that I might be too judgmental about it. At least one person finds it useful 😀 Hope chia is gentle on your pancreas. Try it and observe. would you great if you can update on your experience too.

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