Slimy, Yet Satisfying!

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Let’s talk about slimy food.  I am generally not a fan.  I’m a very textural eater, and things that are too gooey turn me off.  But slimy foods are good for you.  Look up the health benefits of eating okra, noori (seaweed), spirulina (algae), nopales (cactus petals), and chia seeds, and you’ll see.  There’s a ton of hydration potential, vitamins and essential nutrients involved in that slime!

Chia seed pudding

Chia seed pudding

By far my favorite slime option is chia seeds.  They don’t have a lot of flavor, which makes chia seeds incredibly versatile.  You can find tons of ideas online, from breakfast, to dessert to baked goods.  The basic method is 4 parts liquid to 1 part chia seeds, soaked at least 2 hours.  This allows the chia seeds to swell, creating a thickened “pudding”.

Chia seeds, cinnamon stick, raw honey, vanilla, and cashew milk

Chia seeds, cinnamon stick, raw honey, vanilla, and cashew milk

So yesterday I finally opened a little bag of chia seeds and whipped up this breakfast pudding.  It’s simple to make, and other than the chia seeds, you probably have everything you need.

Chia Pudding

1/4 c. chia seeds

1 c. milk or milk substitute (I used cashew milk.)

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. vanilla

1 Tbsp. raw honey

tiny pinch of salt

1 Tbsp. protein powder (I used hemp), optional

Mix the honey, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and protein powder, if using, until smooth.  Mix in the milk , then gently stir in the chia seeds.  Set aside, and stir about every 5 minutes for about half an hour.  It will start to thicken as it sits.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, overnight is better.

Run recovery pudding

Run recovery pudding: Basic pudding with protein powder plus a sliced banana and a few nut clusters.

After my run this morning, I added a sliced banana and some crushed nut clusters.

Chia Lemon Water

Chia Lemon Water: 1 Tbsp. soaked chia seeds, stirred into water with a few slices of lemon.

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