26 Mar Food for Your Body & Mind: Chia Pudding
The first time I ever heard of chia seeds I was reading the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall about a tribe of Native Americans in Mexico’s Copper Canyons called the Tarahumara. All the people in this tribe, young and old, can run for incredible distances, some for hundreds of miles, without rest or injury! And one of the staples of their diet is chia seeds, which they say give them energy, stamina and hydration for their long runs. I then learned that chia was also a staple diet of the Aztecs and Mayans who attributed it to health and strength.
When I made these discoveries, I was running marathons and I was excited to learn about this secret weapon. I began to add chia into my diet, especially the night before a big run, and I was amazed at the results. I definitely noticed a feeling of sustained energy and hydration during my runs, especially when it was hot out. It turns out that a single chia seed can absorb up to 10x its own weight in water and consuming them after they’ve soaked is like slow release hydration for your body. They’re also very high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium & other bone health minerals, and they’re loaded with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. They are a true superfood 💪🌱
I’ve experimented with many different ways to prepare chia and this is one of my all time favorites!
2 cups of your fav non-dairy milk
1/4 cup coconut milk
3 Medjool dates (0r 6 regular Deglet Noor dates, pitted) – adjust this to taste if your non-dairy milk is already sweetened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp cacao nibs
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp nutmeg
5 Tbsp chia seeds
Handfull of fresh rasberries and/or blueberries
In a high powered blender, blend all ingredients except the chia seeds and berries until smooth.
Pour mixture into a bowl, then add the chia seeds and immediately begin whisking the mixture until all the chia seeds are evenly incorporated. Note – if you wait even a few minutes before whisking the chia seeds will clump together.
Place the bowl in the fridge with a lid for at least 20 minutes.
Serve with fresh berries on top, and drizzle with maple syrup. Add a sprinkling of cinnamon and enjoy!!