Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
One thing about fresh coconut milk: It only lasts about 4-5 days in the refrigerator. So once you make it , you will want to get the most out of your fresh batch before you have to freeze what’s left. Since I already have the chia seeds out when I’m making Matt’s oatmeal, I always make some chia seed pudding. This is one of my favorite snacks and it’s easy to make.
- 2 Tablespoons of Chia seeds
- 1/2-2/3 cup of fresh coconut milk
Put the Chia seeds in a small mason jar. Add the coconut milk and stir until they begin to absorb enough of the milk to be suspended. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. The Chia seed pudding is good for about 4 days but, I guarantee that it won’t last that long. Enjoy! Makes 2 servings.
Food Tip: This snack is high in protein but also high in fat. Eat it sparingly especially if you are making your own coconut milk.
Time Tip: Freeze the coconut meat in 6oz portions. When it’s time to make your milk just defrost and blend.
Money Tip: Coconuts are not that expensive. They tend to run about $2 but the price drops around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Baby food purees are a great place to start when you are dealing with those restricted to a pureed diet. Whether they are special needs adults or children or just an older adult who has lost their ability to chew food, starting simple is best. How a food looks, smell and feels is as much apart of enjoyable eating as taste is. Each person is different. When testing a new blended food start small. Making a large quantity of a new food is a waste of time and money. Some, like Matthew have a fear of trying new foods simply because they have become accustomed to drinking processed protein shakes and liquid supplements. New tastes can be overwhelming. Encourage 1-2 small spoonfuls but never force them. Forcing them will only make it harder to get them to try something new the next time. The link below is directly from Vitamix and can also be found in their whole Foods recipe book:
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