Thick… creamy…Words that make my little heart sing, and my tummy grumble in anticipation. Why? Because I’m a texture fanatic. Not that taste is to be overlooked, but texture is my jam. Think about it…Avocados… it’s all about the creaminess. Sticky-rice… it’s all about the chewiness. Carrot sticks… it’s all about the snappy crunch!
Of course, there are textures I don’t like… Mushrooms. Though tasty, mushrooms have always felt more like chewing on rubber bands, than anything edible. (Of course, as a veggie, mushrooms are all kinds of beneficial so I’ve found ways around this. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Anyway, chia is a texture to write home about. It’s gelatinous and goopy in all kinds of wonderful ways, not to mention its superman talent of replacing eggs in almost every recipe. Magic.
Just, like, off the cuff, here’s what you need to know, heath-wise, and also to sound totally erudite at your next Parisian cocktail party when zey bring up zee graines de chia:
- Filled with fiber
- Detoxing due to the fact that the “glueyness” extracts toxins
- Omega 3 and 6
But, see, we’re not done. Chloe and I have this insatiable desire to make healthy foods even healthier, so not only is your chia puddin’ filled with all of the aforementioned, but it’s also packing a matcha-moringa boost. Now… chances are you’ve heard of matcha, so I’ll continue on to our true superstar: Moringa.
Moringa is God’s true perfect food. i.e. It’s the most nutrient dense plant on the planet.
Again, more fodder for your next hipster dinner party conversation:
- 17x more calcium than yogurt
- 1.5x more protein than cow (eww)
- 4x more potassium than a banana
- 6x more fiber than figs
- 6x more iron than spinach
- 4x more magnesium than chocolate
- 2x more vitamin A than carrots
Are you hearing this?
Truthfully, if we all started swallowing bucket-loads of this plant powder, we might live to be 200. Seriously.
Don’t believe me? Dare I say it — the proof is in the pudding.
Serves two, or one hungry person.
(Keep in mind, these measurements are just approximations. I never measure this, so please experiment and see how YOU like it. More seeds = thicker pudding. More maple = sweeter. You get the idea.)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tsp. Matcha-Moringa
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Fruit and granola or berry compote for decoration — use your imagination.
See the video!
Otherwise, put all the ingredients (except deco fruits) in a bowl and whisk, whisk, whisk. Wait ten minutes, then come back, stir it some more, and then, pop it in the fridge overnight, or at least four hours so that it gets nice and thick.
From: Veggie Magnifique