Recently I’m kinda addicted to chia seeds, every day when I have my desserts with fruits or yogurt I would always sprinkle some seeds on top, even when I drink juice or milk I would mix some in for added crunchiness. Chia seeds have been ‘famous’ for a long time already, so I am actually a bit late to the trend since I’ve only started eating and getting addicted to it for 2 weeks.
The benefits of chia seeds are almost endless. First and foremost is the fact that this tiny little seed contains a lot of antioxidant, so us girls should really adore chia seeds to stay young and beautiful 😉 chia seeds also contains little calories and lots of protein, so it’s a very suitable ingredient for diets since it makes you feel full longer and supress cravings. That’s not all, chia seeds have a lot of Omega 3, a type of fat that is really good for your body, especially for the vascular system. Furthermore chia seeds are 40% fiber, and we all know that fiber is really good for digestion.
Personally for me, besides all the health benefits listed above, the reason that I’m addicted to chia seeds is because it’s tasty, very very tasty! Chia seeds themselves don’t have any distinctive flavours, when you eat it as it is the texture is kinda crunchy like sesame seeds, and when soaked in liquids they absorb the liquid and turn into a gel like consistency. Because of that, chia seeds can be paired with a lot of other ingredients: sprinkle on top of baked goods for added crunchiness, soaked in milk or yogurt to create a pudding.
One of the dishes that I like the most from chia seeds is this Chia seeds and berries smoothies parfait, which can be used for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, and it’s both nutritious and delicious. Chia seeds is not the cheapest thing you can find (a 250g package sold in organic stores here costs €3,50), but for 2 pots of parfait like in this photo I only have to use around 15g of seeds, plus all the benefits of this seeds, I can say that this is definitely worth the price.
Công thức tiếng Việt: Parfait pudding hạt chia và sinh tố dâu
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Waiting time: 1 hour (time to soak the chia seeds)
Yields: 2 pots of 125ml capacity
- 100ml almond milk
- 15g chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 strawberries
- 8 blueberries
- 2 tablespoon yogurt
Notes: for the ingredients, except chia seeds and yogurt, you can switch it up according to your liking. You can use regular milk, soy milk, rice milk, etc. You can also use other seasonal fruits, try to pick those that has a balance of sweet and sour taste to balance out the whole parfait. You can also use more chia seeds if you prefer the pudding to have a thicker consistency.
1. Add the chia seeds to the milk and mix (chia seeds have a tendency to form clumps so make sure you mix really really well), cover with cling film and stick it in the fridge. Wash the strawberry and blueberries, chopped and blended well with yogurt, then refrigerate.
2. After 1 hour the chia seeds mixture will thicken into a pudding consistency. Add a few spoonful of chia pudding in the pot, layer some of the berries smoothies on top, add the rest of the chia pudding, then topped with fruits of your choice.
And it’s done! I simply love this parfait so much because it contains fruits that I like, and the result is very tasty. It’s so flavourful when you eat it: nice and cool berries smoothie, the slightly crunchy and rich chia pudding, and refreshing berries. The best thing is there is not a lot of preparations requires, you just need to mix and blend a few things before dinner, and all that’s left to do after dinner is to divide the pudding and smoothies into pots and your parfait is done. Just that little amount of work and you have, for your next day, a pot for a beautiful breakfast, and a pot for a nutritious afternoon snack.
Chia seeds and berries smoothie parfait: both delicious and visually pleasing.