I LOVE Mexican food! Tacos are one of my family’s favorite dinners, and it is easy to make them gluten free, dairy free, and good for you (especially if you skip the tortilla altogether and use a piece of lettuce, instead). This year for Cinco de Mayo I’m planning on serving chicken tacos with corn tortillas and grilled veggies…fajita style. For dessert we’ll have these Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfaits. They look so fancy, but are actually quite easy to make!
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the benefits of chia seeds, so let’s dig into them a bit. Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Did you also know they’re really high in calcium and magnesium? 1 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds contains 17% of your daily need for calcium, and 23% of your daily need for magnesium. Magnesium is an often overlooked nutrient in the American diet. I’ve known 2 people (one a close friend, one a family member) who have been cured of severe sciatic pain by simply adding a magnesium supplement. Both were ready to try surgery, but didn’t end up needing it. It is best to consult with a health care professional if you plan on adding magnesium to your supplement regimen, but chia seeds are a great way to add it naturally.
I decided to blend both of the puddings I made for this parfait in our high speed blender, to make them smoother than most chia seed puddings. If you’re pressed for time you can skip this step, but I thought they tasted really good this way! Feel free to add extra cocoa powder and cayenne pepper, as well! Make sure to use xylitol, instead of coconut sugar, if you are diabetic or need to keep the carbs down for another reason.
Before we get to the recipe for the Mexican Hot Chocolate Chia Pudding Parfaits, I want to invite you to join with others who are making healthy changes. I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey towards wholeness and health! Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full!” Freedom from food addictions is part of having a truly full life.