The latest installment in our anti-inflammatory recipe series features the antioxidant-rich superfood celebrity of the moment: chia seeds! Chia seeds are full of omega-3s, fiber, iron, and calcium. When dry, they start out as tiny black and white seeds. But when you soak them in liquid, they expand and absorb the flavor of the liquid, kind of like tapioca. This makes them perfect for use in smoothies, drinks, and yes, even pudding!
Combine chia seeds with a few key anti-inflammatory ingredients and you get a delicious little snack that’s great for your gut. Anti-inflammatory foods include leafy greens, turmeric (the wonder spice), cashews, and other high-alkaline options. By including these foods in your diet, you can reduce inflammation in your gut and throughout your body, leading to a range of health benefits.
Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mark Menolascino, has this to say about gut health and inflammation: “Frankly, all your health starts with the gut. We have found that when the gut is inflamed, the inflammation and reactive qualities can actually cross over to how your body handles other things, like seasonal allergies.”
This is why it’s so important to follow an anti-inflammatory diet! But it doesn’t have to be flavorless or boring. Many anti-inflammatory recipes are actually quite delicious. Try the following recipe, courtesy of Jasmine Lukuku of The Blenderist. Combine cashew milk, chia seeds, maple syrup (for some sweetness!), and a few chai-inspired spices, and you have a delicious overnight anti-inflammatory treat.
Turmeric Chai Chia Seed Pudding
- 1.5 cups cashew milk
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Pour in to individual bowls or jars.
3. Let set overnight.
4. Eat plain or top with fruit and nuts.