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Why Chia Seeds Benefit Your Eye Health

Chia seeds are gaining in popularity with Gold Coast residents and understandably so. Chia seeds are quite versatile and can be added to many foods or as a topping.  You will find chia seeds in smoothies, yoghurt, cereal, energy bars and bread. The seeds are either consumed raw or made into a gelatin-like substance.

Chia seeds are high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential Omega-3 fatty acid. While this vegetable derived Omega-3 doesn’t have the same uptake as the EPA/DHA forms found in salmon and tuna, it does provide a great supplementary source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds promote healthy tear production which is great for dry eyes. The Omega-3 fatty acids assist in the prevention of macular degeneration. Chia seeds are good for ocular, macular and retinal health.

The beauty of chia seeds is you can put them in your water and have them as a drink too.  Simply add to a glass of water and watch them change from raw seeds to a gelatin-like substance, making it smooth to drink. It’s a great way to combine your daily hydration with your nutritional needs.

Our recipe this week is a Coconut and Almond Chia Pudding. Easy to make and tastes delicious. Enjoy!

Chia Pudding on Envision Optical Gold Coast Optometrist blog

Coconut & Almond Chia Pudding

Serves: 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • t Tbspn rice malt syrup, plus extra for topping
  • Coconut flakes, for topping
  • Crushed almonds, for topping
  • Extras: coconut yoghurt, cinnamon

How to make in 3 easy steps

  1. Soak chia seeds in coconut milk with vanilla pod and rice milk syrup overnight
  2. Top with coconut flakes and crushed almonds
  3. For extra flavour, add a little more rice malt syrup, coconut yoghurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon

Original recipe from Nourish Magazine – www.nourishmag.com.au

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