Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seed Pudding

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia Seed Pudding
A Spoonful of Sofrito:
A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Creamy Chocolate lava cake, tart key lime pie, rich cheesecake or a moist slice of Tres Leches are all an incredible ooey-gooey way to end a meal, but sometimes a healthy alternative like Chia Seed Pudding can truly hit the spot.

Last month, I discovered this delicious dessert thumbing through the pages of Food Network Magazine (one of my favorite foodie magazines).  Chia seeds are the newest super food craze because of their high fiber content, omega 3 fatty acids, and rich calcium content. 

Cultivated by the Aztecs for thousands of years, Chia seeds are becoming wildly popular in North America.  Homeopaths and mainstream doctors alike recommend adding chia seeds to smoothies, salads, and oatmeal to increase their nutritional value.  CBS’s Dr. Oz has become a chia-champion; he talks about them every time he discusses nutrition on his show.  He considers them necessary for living a healthy lifestyle. 

If you’re wondering if these are the same seeds you spread on ceramic pots to grow those little green Chia pet Afros, they are!  Those micro-greens are edible and taste like alfalfa sprouts (yes, I’ve tasted them!); most people don’t know they’re added to salads all of the time. 

Dry chia seeds taste like poppy seeds and aren’t all that interesting, but when you prepare them in this dessert their flavor blends very well with the sweetness of the fruit, nuttiness of the almonds and the rich full flavor of the yogurt.  They provide a delightful crunchiness to the dessert as well.

If you’re like me, you want a dessert that’s going to satisfy your sweet tooth, especially after a savory meal.  Chia Seed Pudding does exactly that and more.  It’s delicious, filling, and won’t raise your cholesterol, spike your blood sugar, or make you feel like a gluttonous slob.  So at the end of dinner, pass on the Tiramisu and make yourself some Chia Seeding Pudding!  Don’t take my word for it: Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho! 

Click on this link for the Chia Seed Pudding recipe:

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