Although you probably have come across chia seeds only while watering your chia pet (yup, we’re talking about the same seeds here) the seed is actually an ancient crop deemed “the running food” by the Aztec culture. Chia seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, and loaded with anti-oxidants. The chia seed also boasts the ability to regulate your blood sugar, which is very important for any person but especially for pregnant women and diabetics. The chia seed also has the capacity to help the body regulate blood pressure and keep the body well hydrated. The chia seed has the ability to hold about ten times its weight in water and thus encourages hydration in the body (great for those concerned about electrolyte balance due to morning sickness).*
The recipe we like to use is as follows:
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup light coconut milk
- 1 tbsp agave syrup, to taste
- Whisk together the water and the seeds and let the mixture sit for 20-30 minutes. As you will see, the mixture has become a gelatinous substance.
- Add coconut milk to your liking, but I think about 1/3 of a cup does the trick. Coconut milk is a great source of healthy fat that can help keep your skin and hair looking healthy and radiant.
- Add agave syrup to your liking
Pick up chia at most health food stores or find them online! Make your treat and enjoy it knowing that you are doing something great for your body!
*These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA.