Of course vegans eat their chia pets! I dare say that more than one chia pet has educated the vegan foodie to sprout their chia seeds before they eat them to maximize nutrition.
Do you eat chia seeds? You might want to as they are an amazing food for your digestive system, your heart, your skin, your brain, and your immune system.
I swear by them for how good they make my sensitive digestive system feel and for the long lasting kick of energy they predictably provide. Lately, I have found myself on a chia pudding kick where I am consciously eating them every day with the intention of using them in at least one meal for the protein, essential fatty acids, and a solid dose of fiber.
When I discovered that if you soak them before you eat them they start sprouting and become more bioavailable, easier to digest, better absorbed into your system, and help to keep you hydrated I became mildly obsessed with all the possibilities of how I could use them.
Basic Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding (4-5 servings)
1 can of coconut milk
1/2C chia seeds
1/2C of filtered water (add more water if you prefer it to be less thick)
- Combine all ingredients and let sit in a covered container in the fridge overnight.
- Eat one serving per day.
Suggested ways to customize your pudding:
Add a tsp of vanilla, use juice instead of water, sweeten with 1-2t honey or maple syrup, add chopped fruit or berries, mix with a fruit puree, pumpkin puree and cinnamon, hemp seeds, nuts, shredded coconut…the possibilities are as infinite as your imagination.
“I’ll have the chia tenderloin with a side of garlic infused olive dipping oil.” 😉