Anne Creighton Blodgett
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June 11, 2013
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Douglas County moms: Chia pops? Yes.

Lately, I’ve been channeling my energy into working in the kitchen. My 30-day “no sugar challenge” has motivated me to find healthy substitutes for my typical bowl of ice cream at night.

I was perusing my favorite food blog when I came across a recipe for chia pops (as in the same chia seeds used to grow Chia Pets). I’d never heard of eating the actual seeds, but they are apparently an ancient grain eaten by the Aztecs.

Upon reading the back of the bag, I found a long list of benefits: essential fatty acids that support heart health and fiber for a healthy digestive tract and protein, which keeps you fuller for longer. I couldn’t find any chia seeds in Roseburg (though I’ve been known to be a bad looker), so I purchased a 16-ounce bag on Amazon.

This recipe is totally easy and can be customized to your individual tastes. At around 75 calories, it’s basically guilt-free. It also looks pretty!

CHIA POPS

1 cup vanilla coconut milk

1 cup raspberries (I’ve also substituted with mangos and strawberries)

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

8 drops Nu-Naturals liquid vanilla stevia

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Refrigerate for four to six hours (the chia seeds will expand). Pour mixture into your popsicle mold (I purchased one on Amazon). Freeze overnight. Makes 4 servings.

To remove the popsicles, set the mold in warm water for a minute or so and the pops should slide right out.

Recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com.

Anne Creighton Blodgett of Roseburg is a photographer who writes for the Douglas County Moms blog at www.nrtoday.com/moms. You can read her personal blog at http://www.aviewfromthefrontpack.com/

This recipe is totally easy and can be customized to your individual tastes. At around 75 calories, it’s basically guilt-free. It also looks pretty!


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