She put the lime in the coconut, she drank ‘em bot’ up.
Golly, there’s just something about the magical combination of lime and coconut that is so refreshing and quintessential of summer. And, y’all, we’re to the point where I could count down the days of summer remaining on my two hands (I’m not a math teacher, so don’t ask for an exact amount).
With that said, before I dive headfirst into everything involving pumpkin, sage, brussel sprouts, apples, and any of my other autumnal buddies, I want to pay my respect to summer for a few more days.
Let’s talk about chia seeds for a second. These tiny powerhouses have been fueling humankind since the days of the Aztecs, when they were used as fuel during battle. Meaning “strength” in the Mayan language, they were also used as currency in Mexico way back when.
These tiny seeds loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3s, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and manganese.
With all that said, they’re not embraced by the Paleo community. When they encounter liquids, a sticky gel binds around the seed, which can impair digestion and absorption of fat from the seed while causing protein digestion issues. Like dairy, it’s one of those areas I encourage y’all to experiment with on your own.
Do I occasionally enjoy these in smoothies, granolas, and puddings? Yup, yup, and yup. I don’t notice any change to my digestion, bloat, or energy, so I incorporate them a few times a month into my diet.
At the end of the day, you do you. If you have autoimmune issues or food sensitivities, you may want to rely on gelatin as a thickener in this pudding instead of the chia seeds.
So chia pudding is one of those things that when you initially make it you fear you’ve done something idiotic. However, the phenomenon of science takes over when you leave the weirdly liquidy mixture in the fridge for several hours. Like magic, it thickens into a creamy, gelatinous pudding.
And the combination of lime juice, lime zest, coconut water, and shredded coconut make this pudding a perfect one to make as a final grasp at summer.
While I don’t have any kiddos terrorizing my household, I’m pretty darn sure that they’d enjoy this recipe, too. Heck, they would help you make it. Nay, you could talk them through it and they could make it for you! Now we’re talkin…
Pour chia seeds...
Pour coconut water and milk...
Sprinkle in that vivacious lime zest...
And squeeze some fresh lime
Personally, I like to layer my pudding with fresh berries or thawed cherries and coconut yogurt for a refreshing breakfast parfait. Freshly sliced banana, crushed macadamia nuts, or pineapple would also make this a tempting tropical treat.
Now go crank up your Jimmy Buffet, pour a glass of Pinot Grigio, and whip up this pudding before summer comes to an end next week. You won’t be sorry.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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