Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica. “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength,” and it is not surprising why. Nutritiously speaking, they pack a powerful punch. They are loaded with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. They also contain compounds that boost the immune system, support bone health and improve hair, skin and nails. Chia seeds are anti-inflammatory as well.

Another bonus is they contain binders that make them ideal for creating a healthy and delicious pudding!

Chinese Medicine Nutrition Energetics

Nuts and seeds build Qi and strengthen the body.  In modern nutrition speak, they are high in trace minerals, which help to control blood sugars (regulating Qi), and high in proteins that strengthen the body. In addition, they generally moisten and warm the body with healthy fat content. They are dense, and a little goes a long way.  

Coconut milk is sweet to the taste and enters the spleen, stomach and large intestine channels. It promotes urination, thus helping resolve issues like edema. Like nuts and seeds, coconut milk is also moistening.  

This dessert is great for dry Colorado weather. Nuts and seeds are good for those who are weak, thin and frail, and should be used sparingly with those who have excess dampness, weight, phlegm or yeast.  Too many nuts can also scatter the energy making a person feel ungrounded or unfocused.

Chocolate Chia Pudding