Blueberry Mango Chia Pudding
Though small in size, chia seeds are a nutritional power-house. The seed provides a blend of healthy protein, carbohydrates, and fat with the addition of functional properties like antioxidants and phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties to help ward-off disease and promote healthy cells in the body! The fat found in chia seeds is primarily what we call polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAS) with a blend of both omega 3’s and omega 6’s (3:1 ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6). Omega 3’s are known for their benefit in lowering “bad” cholesterol levels (promoting heart health), while also acting as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body.
Two tablespoon of chia, provides approximately 5 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of fiber. Additionally these little seeds provide calcium (179 mg) and iron (2.2 mg)!
These small seeds are really a bang for your buck and can be eaten in a variety of ways, but one of my favorites is chia pudding. It makes a simple and easy, healthy snack or breakfast.