Move over sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds—chia seeds are the teeny-tiny super food everyone is talking about. These healthy seeds hail from Mexico and Guatemala and are derived from a flowering plant in the mint family. They come in black and white varieties—with no real nutritional difference between the colors—and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Unlike flax, chia seeds do not need to be ground before use and are relatively tasteless, so they can be incorporated into many foods without altering the flavor profile. Add chia seeds to salads or cereals, blend them into a smoothie, or sprinkle them over a bowl of ice cream for an added healthy crunch. For a quick and easy breakfast, try out this recipe for chia seed pudding.
Chia Seed Pudding
- 3 to 4 tbsp. chia seeds (use 4 tbsp. for a thicker consistency)
- 3/4 cup homemade, raw almond milk
- 1 tsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sliced berries of your choice
Combine chia seeds, almond milk, and honey in a mason jar or similar airtight container. Stir and store overnight in the refrigerator. Add cinnamon and berries and enjoy.