Have you seen the Chia Pod from The Chia Company? They come in a few different flavors and with only a few ingredients. I found them at Whole Foods and thought I'd give them a go. We love chia seeds because of the health benefits- Omega 3, Fiber, balances blood sugar, keeps you full so you snack less, just to name a few.
The first flavor I tried was mango. Mango is probably my favorite fruit and food in general so I will eat anything that has mango in it! Although the Chia Pod taste is amazing, the price is not! I can easily see paying three dollars if I'm trying to eat healthy while on the go playing tourist here in D.C. but I'm craving these things all day, every day! That adds up so, I decided to make my own.
Behold the Chia Seed Cup! A few ingredients I already had on hand makes this recipe super easy. If you're not a fan of coconut water, feel free to use regular drinking water or even fruit juice. If you don't like mango, use any fruit of your choice. Banana would be lovely. Pineapple-Coconut would be delicious...maybe some persimmon? Use what you love!
This recipe will make about six servings or so. I portioned them out into individual cups for quick lunch packing but do what's easiest for you. I love having them for breakfast or an after-workout snack. These differ slightly from the Chia Pods in way of texture. I thinned them out slightly as I didn't like the thickness of the Chia Pod version. I'll continue to play with the thickness but it's easily adjustable to your liking. Simply add more fruit, less coconut milk, etc.
Chia Seed Cups
1 small container coconut water
6 scoops chia seeds
1 c coconut milk
1 1/2 c mango, fresh or frozen (thaw frozen before blending)
In a tall glass, combine chia seeds and coconut water. Allow to sit 10-15 minutes so chia seeds form gelee. Meanwhile, blend coconut milk and mango until desired consistency. Mix chia mixture and mango milk and ensure to blend well. Portion out into individual servings, cover with lids or plastic wrap, and chill well before serving. Chia Seed Cups will keep for about a week in refrigerator.
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