My parents spent thousands of dollars on my mouth and for whatever reason I’ve taken up this coquettish little smile for photos in the last couple years. Ah, the irony. I’m not sure what’s going on with me. I’ll show you my pearly whites another time, okay?
Now to get down to business…
Chia seeds. My relationship with chia seeds has been casual and that’s probably still too familiar of a word. I bought a bag at Costco last year because I guess they are supposed to be healthy and I’m into healthy. I’m also into Costco so it just made sense. The chias have occasionally found their way into my smoothies or into this buckwheat “granola” I make sometimes, but thus far they have lived pretty untouched in the side door of my refrigerator and I wave at them every once in awhile as I grab the pickles. I guess it was the labeling that first threw me off. The back of the bag says, “wait five minutes for the chia seeds to turn into a nutritious gel and enjoy!”. A nutritious gel? Blech… I’m not sure my constitution is prepared for such a thing.
I had a roommate once who had an Obama head Chia Pet and that was pretty awesome. Obama’s “hair” sprouted out all wonkey and it was funny to see the little guy sitting by the sink on watering day, but I digress…
Well, I think you get it. Chias haven’t charmed their way into my heart yet until last week! One of my coworkers brought in her chia seed pudding. I tried it and fell into chia seed love. So, this is basically her recipe and it is so easy to do. Like, literally, it took me 10 minutes and then the rest of the work was up to the seeds.
It’s a 1:4 ratio. The 1 being the chias and the 4 being whatever milk you want to use. I used original coconut and it’s divine. Some chopped up dates made their way in there for a little more sweetness. That was also my coworker’s idea, but should you choose to accept this challenge then just follow your little chia seed loving heart and get crazy! Cacao powder would be awesome, cinnamon, chopped up fruit… I whisked all of this up in a Tupperware and put it in the fridge. A couple hours later I was set! Pudding for days! (I used one cup of chia and 4 cups of coconut milk. I really am set for days.)
In case you want some nutritional info I’m going to consult the side of the bag for you. I did Google it too and there was a story about a guy throwing a dry handful of these things into his mouth and chasing it down with water. I guess they got lodged in his esophagus and started to puff up and he had to go to the doctor. Don’t do that. Otherwise, they seem to be pretty good for you. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, packed with fiber, there’s a little protein and I’m pretty sure they are good for keeping you hydrated. I’m just remembering that from when I read Born To Run. The Tarahumara Indians made some kind of sweet lime drink with them and then would go and run 400 miles in the Mexican desert. Seems like they might know what they are doing when it comes to hydration.
Okay! I’m signing off for the day. I have a winter date with Causey Reservoir. Peace. XOXO
Juicy Jam Sessions: Did you watch the Grammy’s last night? Alabama Shakes won three Grammys, one of which was Best Rock song for Don’t Wanna Fight. It’s been on repeat all morning. Where has this band been all my life?! I’ve been bluesing out all weekend so this just slid in oh, sooo nicely. Check it out on the YouTube here.