Chia 3 Ways: 2 Tonics and a Pudding

A trio of chia seed recipes to start your day right

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"One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a nutrient-dense breakfast," says Seamus Mullen, executive chef of Wanderlust Hollywood. So it's no wonder the morning menu at the Wanderlust Café is packed with puddings and tonics made with chia, the über healthy seed that's loaded with healthy fats and omega-3s. "The first time I had a chia tonic in Costa Rica 20 years ago, I was hooked," says Seamus. The chia tonics at the Wanderlust Café offer a cool, refreshing way to power up, while the the pudding has a touch of sea salt to round out the sweetness of the mango.

Chia Pudding with Pureed Mangochia-pudding-mango-2

Are you trying this recipe at home? Let us know with #WanderlustKitchen. INGREDIENTS 2 cups diced mango, pureed 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes 1/2 cup chia seeds Coarse sea salt DIRECTIONS Puree the mango and pour into the bottom of small Mason jars and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chia seeds with the unsweetened almond and coconut milk until it begins to thicken. Then set aside until it thoroughly thickens, about 10 minutes. Pour the chia mixture on top of the mango puree, top with toasted coconut and a sprinkle of sea salt, cover with a lid and set aside in the fridge. Makes 6 servings 

Lime and Maple Chia Tonicchia-lime-maple

Are you trying this recipe at home? Let us know with #WanderlustKitchen. INGREDIENTS 2 cups water 1 tbsp chia seeds Juice of 2 limes 1 tbsp maple syrup DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients and set aside to chill overnight or for a few hours. Makes 1 serving 

Rosemary and Grapefruit Chia Tonicchia-rosemary-grapefruit

Are you trying this recipe at home? Let us know with #WanderlustKitchen. INGREDIENTS 2 cups water 1 tbsp chia seeds Juice of 1 grapefruit 1 sprig of rosemary DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients and set aside to chill overnight or for a few hours. Makes 1 serving Top photo via iStock, all others by Courtney Smith

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