Gel Mask + Vanilla Chia Pudding

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A soothing facial and a healthy and delicious dessert?

YES.

Chia seeds are what you think they are – they grow into chia pets.  And can be used in pranking coworkers if you want to make their computer keyboard into a sprout farm when they go on vacation and leave you in a gray, windowless cell of an office.  But they have LOTS of other [dare I say even more practical] uses.  They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and even calcium, and unlike flax, which has to be ground for your body to absorb the omega-3’s, chia can be eaten whole.  The soluble fiber they contain makes them form gels in liquids, which means they can be an emulsifying agent in vegan baked goods in place of eggs….orrrrr pudding.  If you like tapioca, you will like chia :)

This is a simple recipe – if you can use measuring spoons, you have all the skills necessary (and if you can’t use measuring spoons, you probably have bigger problems that you should be attending to instead of making chia pudding).

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Blend the chia seeds and milk; refrigerate uncovered for about an hour, stirring occasionally.  Remove about 2 Tbsp to put on your face, placing on clean, dry skin (warning, this is a drippy one; so maybe relax laying down for a while, and plan to wash your hair after).

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Add the sugar and vanilla to the rest of the chia and milk in the bowl, stirring to mix, and allow to set for another hour in the fridge.  Enjoy with berries or other fruit (like mangoes, bananas, or pomegranate).

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