That’s 2 recipes for you: one is a delish pudding; the other a tasty smoothie – yes, it’s delicious, too, but I was trying to avoid repeating myself.  (If you are in a rush to find the smoothie recipe, then jump to the end of the post for the details.)

Since I started making smoothies – late to the party as always, lol! – I’ve used chia seeds loads of times. I’ve also made chia pudding a few times. Chia is the common name for Salvia hispanica and Salvia columbariae; the former the more common and the latter producing golden seeds.

It’s a flowering plant of the mint family and the seeds are high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and fiber. They bulk up very well; I’ve heard they take on 10-12 times their weight in liquid, so a great addition to any smoothie recipe, especially when you want to lose weight, as this makes them very filling, so you will eat less.

Some interesting facts:

1. Chia seeds are a good source of B Vitamins and also a rich source of the dietary minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

2. The gel from ground seeds may be used to replace as much as 25% of the egg content and oil in cakes while providing other nutrients. (Wikipedia)

The chia puddings I made had mixed reactions in my family: I love the texture but others do not. So you’ll see I’ve put a TIP in the directions of the pudding recipe to help you out if this is also the case in your family.

The recipe comes from Jessica at DessertsWithBenefits and you’ll find the details on the next page. Jessica says of her pudding …

… it’s sweet and peachy with strong notes of warmth and spice from the ginger! Definitely unique, surprisingly addictive, absolutely delicious.


Please click the ‘Next Page’ button below for the Peach and Ginger Chia Pudding recipe …