Blended Chocolate Chia
- 1 C unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 C chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 Scoop chocolate KS Wellness Protein
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Top with fresh berries or nuts
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Add almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup or honey, cocoa powder, protein, vanilla and salt into a high powered blender. Start at a low setting on your blender and gradually increase to high speed.
- Slowly add in chia seeds, and mix together until the mixture is smooth. Mixture should be thick.
- Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or until chilled.
- When ready to eat, top with berries or nuts
Chia Seeds Step Back Up to the Plate as Social Media Goes Berserk Over Goopy Drink
Chia seeds come full circle once more as millions rediscover their benefits with a trending chia “internal shower” drink.
We all know the drill. Nearly every day, a new diet, food or supplement emerges as the next ‘missing link’ to perfect health and a beautiful physique. But this isn’t Chia’s first rodeo. These nutritious little seeds have been in the spotlight many times over the last forty years. Heck, I think I started eating chia in the late 70s and early 80s when most people were still growing them as pets! Ch-ch-ch-chia… pet!
Droves of people are now sharing their experiences with the gooey chia drink—some good and some bad. And though you may be one of those eager to try it, you may also be interested in knowing there are other ways to reap the many benefits of chia seeds.
Obviously, digestion is one of chia’s uses. These tiny seeds are full of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is a complex carbohydrate that doesn’t break down in the digestive tract. Instead, insoluble fiber acts as a bulking agent forcing contents in your intestines to move along—all the way to the end. So simply adding chia seeds into your diet can help you produce regular and healthy bowel movements. Most of the fats in chia seeds are omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs)—and some omega-6s. You’ll also find two grams of protein in just one tablespoon of chia seeds. And because they are so nutrient-dense, they are considered a super-food.
In essence, these nutrients and the many roles they play in our bodies are the reason chia seeds have become ‘health food famous’ time—and time again. For example, EFAs like those in chia are essential for healthy brain development and cognitive function.
Chia can also:
- Help build strong bones
- Reduce inflammation
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Promote a healthy heart
- Possibly lower the risk of cancer
- Help keep your skin healthy, and
- Fuel the body
With benefits like those, you may be racking your brain trying to figure out how to add more chia to your diet. I have some ideas! 😊