Food as Medicine: Chia & Black Sesame



Chia seeds and black sesame seeds are excellent sources of nutrition and may be combined in delicious recipes. Chia seeds are not only an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, they also have a high concentration of dietary fiber and antioxidants. They may reduce cholesterol levels, lower high blood pressure, prevent inflammation, and increase satiety. Another nutritious seed you may include in your diet are black sesame seeds. Black sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, protein, and antioxidants. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, black sesame seeds help with replenishing blood and moisten the intestines which in turn promotes regular bowel movements.


Please enjoy our recipe for Black Sesame and Chia Seeds Pudding: a nutty and delicious treat that is perfect to eat during the summer.

Nourishing Black Sesame and Chia Seeds Pudding


Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. of black or white chia seeds

  • 1/2 cup black sesame almond milk from Three Trees

  • Optional: 1 tsp. of honey or other sweetener to taste

  • Optional: Toasted black sesame seeds or chopped fresh fruit as a topping

Directions:

  1. Pour ingredients into a jar and whisk well. Let settle for 2-3 minutes then mix again very well until you see no clumping.

  2. Cover the jar and store in fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.

  3. When you’re ready to eat it, top with your favorite fruit and enjoy cold!

References:

Acupuncture Today. (n.d.). Black Sesame Seeds (hei zhi ma). Herbs and Botanicals. https://www.acupuncturetoday.com/herbcentral/blacksesameseeds.php

Grancieri, M., Martino, H., & Gonzalez de Mejia, E. (2019). Chia Seed (Salvia hispanica L.) as a Source of Proteins and Bioactive Peptides with Health Benefits: A Review. Comprehensive reviews in food science and food safety, 18(2), 480–499. https://doi.org/10.1111/1541-4337.12423


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