I fear the goo.
That gelatinous texture can spoil even the most amazing-looking meal for me. It took me years to reach an agreement with the sliminess of mushrooms. But hey, I made it and there's no turning back. So when the Internet went ablaze with the benefits of chia seeds, I got curious. Here's what I've learned:
- This superfood is one of the richest sources of omega-3.
- Chia seed is rich in antioxidants that maintain the potency of essential fatty acids to support a healthy heart. ← I'm looking at you, dad.
- They're high in fiber and calcium.
- They have, what I like to call, the gremlin effect – when you add water, things get scary. Goo. Everywhere.
I'm a little nervous about that last one, but you've talked it up, Internet, so I'll give it a go. If this turns out like the blind date I had with "the greatest guy in the world," we'll have words, you and I.
Down to business. To get the wonder of chia seeds in my system, I'll have to hide it in something tasty. Something of a tolerable, similar texture so it blends. Popsicles! Healthy popsicles, I'm counting on you.
Here's the Pictorial Play by Play:
Core the apple. Take the rind and seeds from the honeydew melon and cut the fruits into smaller pieces.
Juice your little heart out with everything but the chia seeds.
At this point, taste the juice. Delicious, eh? A juice recipe AND a popsicle recipe. You're welcome.
Pour the juice into a measuring cup and stir in the chia seeds.
Pour your seedy concoction into a popsicle mold and freeze. (Chia seeds look like sprinkles. I got excited).
Enjoy! I did. I can't believe it. Slight goo effect? Yes. I won't lie to you. But it's worth it. The sweetness of the honeydew melon wins me over. Enough to have a second date with this little seed? You bet.
*Juice recipe adapted from Reboot with Joe.