Know Your Superfoods: Chia Seeds

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While these small seeds might seem questionable to some, many health experts agree: if you only could eat one cup of food per day, it should be a cup of chia seeds. But why?

Chia seeds are the pinnacle of superfoods, providing a long list of health benefits including high and sustained energy, fiber, easily digesteable protein for muscle health and regeneration of tissues.  In addition chia seeds help with:

  • blood sugar regulation
  • hydration and electrolyte balance
  • joint pain relief
  • anti-inflammation
  • digestion
  • … and much more!

While the Cooked Chicago kitchen chefs have a host of recommendations for ways to get your chia seed fix, for a quick seasonal treat try Sarah’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding. Simply stir together 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, 3/4 cup almond milk, and 3 Tablespoons chia seeds. Add in 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, a few drops of vanilla extract and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Taste and add more maple/vanilla/spice until it’s perfect for you. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until its set and then enjoy topped with some crunchy candied pecans!

PS- try chia seeds in our Roasted Pineapple and Coconut Chia Oat Pudding on the menu this week!

Author: Erin Silva Winston

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