I’ve recently been busy telling patients about the benefits of both chia and hemp seeds and continue to try new variations of ways to use them. Hemp seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids as well as protein. Try to get a couple of tablespoons in the morning for lasting energy. They are great in yogurt, in a smoothie, on a salad or even right of the spoon. Chia seeds are a little more tricky as they are quite small and will absorb many times their weight in liquid. They make a wonderful pudding. They are also high in fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. I will share with you an easy basic recipe that you can vary to your liking.
4-5 tablespoons Chia seeds – available at Whole Foods, New Seasons, Amazon.com
2 cups of milk (coconut milk makes a nice creamy base but any milk is fine)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
several drops of stevia or 1-2 Tblsp maple syrup
1 mason jar or container with tight fitting lid
Optional ingredients -Banana, cinnamon, star anise
Pour the milk into the jar or container
Add vanilla and stevia
Add chia seeds
Shake vigorously for a minute
Continue to shake intermittently for about 20 minutes (I tend to do this while doing other things around the kitchen – for example, I will shake it up in the beginning and then start unloading the dishwasher, then a few minutes later shake it up again on and off for about 20 minutes.)
During this time the chia seeds will absorb all of the liquid and you will end up with a tapioca style pudding.
If you aren’t one for tapioca you can throw it in the blender and it will make a smooth pudding. At this time you can add the banana if you like – I wouldn’t add any sweetener if you are using the banana. It’s super nutritious and easy to make. To your health. Renee