Nutrition Analysis By: Hannah, Healthy Aggie Coordinator
Recipe By: Deepa, The Homemade Club Member
- About 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of oat milk (or of any milk you prefer)
- Any other add-ins or topping you want (honey, matcha powder, fruit, sugar, cocoa powder, etc)
Mix all the ingredients together and leave covered in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 3 hours). Enjoy with any toppings you would like!
Did you know that chia seeds are little powerhouses for polyunsaturated fats (like omega 3 fatty acids), fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc? Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds contains 140 calories of 4 grams of complete protein protein, 7 grams of unsaturated fat, and 11 grams of dietary fiber. Complete protein means that this seed contains all 9 essential amino acids that are necessary for your body to build. The dietary fiber consists of soluble fiber, which is the type that assists in digestion, regulates blood sugar levels after eating a meal (for example the lactose in milk for chia seed pudding), and promotes the fullness hormone ‘leptin’ for a more satiating feeling. As for the unsaturated fat in these seeds, it contains omega 3 fatty acids which after thorough studies concluded that the highest intake of this nutrient in a sample is a 17% reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality rate compared to those that had the lowest intake. Overall, chia seeds are PACKED with lots of nutrients that benefit cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, digestion, and so much more!