Are you into chia seeds? Along with quitting sugar, chia seeds are having their moment in the spotlight. I’ve heard of them but wasn’t really aware that Chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family and is grown commercially for its seeds.

Chia seeds are packed with health benefits – high in antioxidants; good for digestive and heart health; contain calcium and boron (both essential for strong bones); and low-carb.

I really like chia seeds and love to have them in a pudding. Basically, you take one cup of coconut milk and soak a 1/4 cup of chia seeds in the milk (for about one hour). The chia seeds absorb the milk and bulk up. Then grab whatever fruit you like – some stewed apples, raspberries, blueberries, sliced banana.

Get some dessicated coconut and nuts. Any nuts you like but I prefer walnuts or almonds. Mix them up and add some sweetener if you like – agave or maple syrup. You can toast the mixture too in the oven if you want crunch.

Get a fancy serving glass (or a jam jar like I used) and start layering – fruit, then the coconut and nut mixture, the chia seed and coconut milk mix. Decorate the top with anything you like: maybe a date or two; or some more nuts.

Then enjoy (because you will).

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