I’m a big believer in finding out what foods work best for your body. Nutritional science isn't binary--it’s actually quite complex and will vary depending on the individual. Having made the decision to experiment with a ketogenic diet (high fat, low carbohydrate diet), I have been incorporating chia seeds into many of my meals. Chia seeds are packed with healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Since their carbohydrate content consists primarily of fiber, they have a low net carbohydrate value and are great for incorporating into lower carbohydrate diets. In general, dietary fiber is not a significant source of usable energy in the body because it cannot be digested and therefore does not impact blood glucose levels. Importantly, fiber delays gastric emptying, which effectively increases and prolongs satiety -- we feel fuller for longer periods of time. You can mix them in with smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt, or sprinkle them on top of salads. There are multiple types of chia seed concoctions, but pudding is one of my favorites. Best yet--it only takes minimal ingredients and preparation to make this delicious dessert!
// 3-4 tbsp Chia seeds
// 1/2 cup coconut milk
// Stevia to taste
Combine chia seeds with coconut milk and stevia.
Mix well and let the chia seeds soak up the liquid in the fridge for around 2 hours. The longer they're soaking, the more chia seed goodness will get absorbed.
Simple as that!
Photo By: Mae Gabriel