Glow Foods: Vanilla Chia Pudding Bowl

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Cha, cha, cha, chia… You may have grown up on Chia pets but chia seeds are the new glow food on the block. “Chia” means strength, and Mayans and Aztecs consumed these tiny black and white seeds as huge energy boosters. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

This pudding is a great omega-rich snack, and it makes for a healthy toddler food. Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s still one of my son’s favorite treats! You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or fewer dates to the liquid and blending prior to adding the chia seeds, starting with a minimum of five dates.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 7 cups nut milk (Brazil nut, hempseed, or cashew)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 5 to 7 dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup chia seeds

Split vanilla bean lengthwise and remove seeds. Set aside seeds and discard vanilla bean. Pulse all ingredients except the chia seeds in a high-speed blender. Place chia seeds in a large bowl, pour blended mixture over the chia seeds, and whisk to mix. Over the next hour and a half, continue to whisk the pudding periodically to be sure the chia seeds do not clump. You want a smooth, pudding-like consistency. Store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

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