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Chia, Gojiberry, Blueberry Salad? Pudding? Yummy-ness!

This is probably the most confusing recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s almost too simple to be so nutritious, and it’s so loaded with nothing but super-foods that there’s no way it can be this sinfully tasty! It mixes up in a matter of minutes, can be easily used as a snack or dessert, or as part of a meal. It’s also a great pre-workout food because of low sugar carb quality of the chia seeds.


Chia is a staple in the Aztec and Mayan diet and is mostly grown in South America. The seeds are loaded with anti-oxidants, proteins, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Chia seeds are a low sugar replacement for high performance energy drinks, and they’re cheaper too! Chia seeds turn to a gel when they’re added to water, which helps you feel full, and their high fiber helps reduce bad cholesterol. Did I mention calcium? One teaspoon of chia seeds provides 10% of our daily calcium needs.


Another odd ingredient in this recipe is the goji berries. The short story on goji berries is that they are loaded with vitamin C, fiber, iron, vitamin A, zinc and are a major antioxidant. These funky looking red berries contain all 8 essential amino acids, and a 4 oz serving provides nearly 10% of your daily protein needs. (That’s a hefty dose of protein for a fruit!) They’re an immune system booster, as well as a potential help with weight loss. Just like the chia seeds, the positive effects of goji berries in our diet are almost endless. Blueberries too! Blueberries are another superfood, being loaded with anti-oxidants, and walnuts are a heart and brain healthy fat. 


The only caution I’d give with this recipe is if you’re taking blood thinners. Both goji berries and blueberries contain high amounts of vitamin K, which interact with blood thinners. Check with your doctor before eating either goji berries or blueberries. 


This recipe will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Yes, it’s different…maybe a little freaky! But give it a try, and try to figure out if it’s dessert, or a snack, or a pre-workout booster, or part of your meal. If you taste it and don’t love it, bring the rest of the batch to me. I’ll finish it! 


P.S. I make a double batch of this for my sisters, nieces and nephews. They devour it and have dubbed it “chia poo stew!” (Seriously….it’s delicious!!)

INGREDIENTS:

1 CUP EACH – 
Chia seeds
Dried blueberries
Goji berries

2 – 3 TBLSP cinnamon (I’m a cinnamon freak…I use 3.)

1 green apple, finely chopped with skin on.
½ cup of chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS:
Combine the chia, blueberries, goji berries and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
Add enough water to cover the mixture, plus a bit more. (The chia and dried berries will absorb the water, so be generous with the water!) 
Stir well.
Cover mixing bowl and refrigerate for several hours, allowing the chia, goji and dried blueberries to absorb the water. Add more water if it’s clumpy. Stir well. 
After refrigerating for several hours, add 1 finely chopped green apple (with the skin on) and the chopped walnuts.
Mix well. 
Enjoy!