by Lesley Kim

Mama Chia pouches have been a popular go to snack in my household. These snacks are full of chia seeds and easy to carry. Recently, I wanted to add more chia seeds to my diet and decided to purchase plain chia seeds.  I planned on adding them to my smoothies, and along the way of my chia seeds obsession, I discovered a delicious recipe for a vegan chia seed pudding.

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Chia seeds are the same seeds that are used to grow the well known chia plants. Chia seeds have actually been popular in the Aztecs and Mayan diets.  Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and other antioxidants, chia seeds are highly nutritious food. You can purchase chia seeds from stores like Trader Joe’s, Ralphs, or Whole Foods. I purchased a bag of 5.3 oz chia seeds at Trader Joe’s for about $5.00.  Even though these chia seeds are not organic, Trader Joe’s website states that these seeds are grown in Australia without the use of pesticides.

IMG_7070Chia seeds can be added to your diet in many different ways.  You can sprinkle some seeds on your salad or yogurt, add a teaspoon to your smoothies, or make a  vegan chia seed pudding.

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 Vegan Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

2 teaspoon of chia seeds
1/2 cup of hemp milk (you can use almond or soy if you like)
1 teaspoon of agave syrup or honey

In a glass container, mix all the ingredients.  Then refrigerate the mixture for at least two hours.  Enjoy your vegan chia seed pudding with a handful of berries. Trust me, it will be one of the best things you’ve ever eaten!