Chia seeds have been promoted as a super food, and they are really good for us, full of omega-3 (around 18%, almost the same as flaxseed) and good fats (30%) and fibre (37%!). I'm not sure there is such a thing as a "super food" but chia certainly comes close to taking the title.
Moving on to this oh-so-very-simple jelly that even Wayne and my boys love, that is also super simple and a super healthy way to start the day.
You simply take around 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and stir them into 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice or blueberry anti-oxidant juice or your favourite pure, organic juice then put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning you'll have the most delicious fruit jelly, without a hint of processed sugar or gelatine. It really is that easy. And that delicious.
Soaking the chia seed in either water (a tad bland) or juice makes them completely digestible so you absorb every last possible nutrient from those tiny little balls of goodness, so making the jelly is just a way to use them to full advantage.
I like my chia jelly topped with fresh strawberries (which we have in abundance in the garden at the moment, I'm picking around 800g a day) or blueberries and a dollop of plain yoghurt. Wayne likes his with berries, yoghurt and a sprinkle of dry toasted oats. The boys will eat it whatever way it's served and are quite happy to inhale it even plain.
Chia is a good way to get some extra nutrition into your body and if you have a slightly timid family, who may not like the idea of eating chia, try this jelly, it's sure to be a winner.
Oh and you can use black or white chia, both work.
3 tbsp chia seeds**
1/2 cup organic fruit juice*
Stir the chia seed into the fruit juice. Refrigerate overnight. To serve top with fresh berries and plain yoghurt.
*I don't like orange juice, so I use cranberry juice. Hannah loves apple chia seed jelly, the boys like orange and mango. Use whatever juice you prefer, it's all good.
**Hindustan Imports is where I buy chia seeds, I can buy 500g of black or white (you can buy a mixed pack but it is more expensive, I mix my own) for $6.55 - a huge saving of $13.60/kilo over supermarket prices!