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