Chia Seed Pudding Recipe: 2013’s Hottest Health Food Done Right

January 2, 2013 4:42 PM EST | By Anthony Smith
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Chia Seed Pudding Recipe: 2013’s hottest health food gets an easy-to-remember ratio that’ll change your life as you know it. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot)

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe: This may come as a surprise to you, but I'm no health food nut. I don't revel in my poor dietary choices as some Butter Queens do, nor do I encourage anyone to follow me down the road to inevitable obesity. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that my gustatory sensibilities err on the side of greenlessness. I chalk it up to coming from an island nation with a cuisine as delicious as it is unhealthy, as savory as it is unbalanced. Potatoes are often the closest we come to having a vegetable on our plate, and most of us wouldn't have it any other way. There aren't enough croutons and cheese in the world to make me order a salad at a restaurant-- especially when the alternative is hot, nourishing soup.

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Imagine my surprise, then, when I had the following three revelations about chia seeds: first, that chia seeds are edible; second, that chia seeds are delicious when they are done properly; and third, that it is so incredibly easy to do chia seeds properly that you will probably eat a bowl of them at the start of your morning for the rest of your life.

That may sound like overstatement, but I assure you, it couldn't be closer to the truth. It turns out that chia seeds, the stuff we used to give relatives whom we knew nothing about in the 90s, are actually the most delicious superfood of all time. The Aztecs believed that human beings could subsist off of a tablespoon of chia seeds a day. So important was the food to their culture that it became a staple of their religious ceremonies. Naturally, when the Spanish came, they outlawed the cultivation of the chia seed due to its non-Catholic baggage.

Thankfully, health nuts have started to swear by the stuff. Not only do they give you energy, but they expand in your stomach, making you feel really full. They're a great source of Omega-3 oils, and studies show that their winning combination of soluble and insoluble fibers help convert your body's starch surpluses into immediately usable sugars.

But the best part of the chia seed is that it tastes so remarkably good. And though there's a ton of ways to eat them, I like to mix them up in a chia seed pudding. Chia seed pudding tastes and feels a lot like a tapioca pudding, but it's denser, and boasts a nuttier texture. It's the perfect breakfast food, given its simplicity, its big flavor, and its ability to fill you up till well past lunch time. To make a simple chia seed pudding, simply measure out one-fourth a cup of chia seeds of any color. Put those chia seeds in a bowl and add two-thirds a cup of any liquid. I like vanilla flavored almond milk for this: its nuttiness and sweetness play well with the seeds' natural flavors, but you can use whatever you like. I've even had it with water, and it's been lovely. Stir it up for about a minute, ensuring that every seed gets wet, and put it in the fridge for ten minutes. During those ten minutes, shower. Get dressed. Read an article.

Once it's done, you can top it with fresh fruit. I love chopped mango over mine, but it's really all up to personal preference. All you have to do is remember that one-fourth a cup of chia seeds always gets two-thirds a cup of any liquid.


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