Learn how to utilize Chia seeds in a GAPS thyroid diet.
My friend Bill in Seattle is not only a curious person but he has been on a health exploration lately too. It’s pretty cool when you see serious tech folks (who create your Windows Phone interfaces) getting passionate about food. On my last visit to Seattle, I got the seeds and he made the pudding. This is when I fell in love with chia.
Chia seeds on their own are pretty tasteless but they add a beautiful gel-like texture to food and take on any flavor you decide to add to them. Here is one: chia seed pudding in almond milk and berries. But, the variations are so many.
Chia seeds are a nutritionally dense food and are considered super foods. They have high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, protein (and this protein is complete, containing all essential amino acids), antioxidants, vitamin Bs and are rich in minerals. They are gluten free and are low in calories. They are easy to digest and have both soluble and insoluble fiber so they are gentle on the gut (this is why they are allowed on the Full GAPS diet). Chia seeds digest slowly, which tends to stabilize blood sugar and can be of help to people with sugar issues such as hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes. Chia seeds contain high levels of calcium, together with boron, which is of great benefit to bone health. For example, one tablespoon of chia seeds contains as much calcium as two glasses of milk. Chia seeds can also prolong hydration and help retain electrolytes, which makes them a great help to athletes, especially runners.
Is this enough to convince you to get started on it? Add to your healthy thyroid diet.
- 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1.5 glasses of coconut milk or any nut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- optional: 1 tablespoon coconut butter or oil for extra richness
- sea salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 handfuls of fresh raspberries
- Warm up the milk but do not boil
- Add a pinch of salt
- Whisk the chia seeds into the warm milk, add coconut butter or oil (if using) and let stand for 10/15 minutes to set to a gel consistency
- Reheat after standing if required, or allow to cool completely
- Whisk in the raspberries and drizzle on the honey
- 2 tablespoons makes a very thick mixture, you can adjust to your own taste
Use any other fruit like a ripe banana, blackberries, blueberries or apple sauce. You can also add coconut butter and cacao powder to make it into a chocolate pudding.
Loved this snack? You can find other delicious recipes and healthy meal/snack ideas in this Meal Planning Guide. Never let a lack of ideas keep you from eating healthful foods!
2 Responses to Thyroid Diet: Bill’s Chia Seed Pudding
Just made the chocolate version of this, and it is SO GOOD!!! Perfect ending to a meal that started with the Easy Thai Salmon. Thank you!!
Where do I find coconut butter and vanilla essence?