I'm not sure if all the exercise that I've been doing since January has finally started paying off or if it's the glassful of super healthy chia seeds I've been drinking every morning before my runs, but I've been feeling really good lately.
Just in case it is the chia, I've been finding ways to get more of it into my body. So I've been working on perfecting chia jello. Not using the boxed stuff, but real fruit juice, so I can tell myself that it's actually good for me.
And I think I've finally got it.
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup fruit juice
3 cups fruit juice (to boil)
1 cup fruit juice (this needs to be cold)
4 envelopes gelatine (I use Knox brand)
-First, you'll want to put the chia seeds into a container that holds two cups of liquid. (I mixed these in a one cup measure which made one of the steps below a bit more difficult.)
-Add the 3/4 cup of juice to the seeds and stir well.
-Let sit for 3 minutes and then stir again. Now let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two to give the seeds time to plump up.
-Remove the chia and juice from the fridge and stir well, making sure there are no clumps.
-Put the 3 cups of juice in a pan and heat til boiling.
-While the juice is heating, sprinkle the gelatine over the 1 cup of cold juice.
-Let sit for a minute and then stir til it's nice and smooth.
-In a heatproof bowl (or the pan itself), mix the boiling juice in with the gelatine and juice and stir for 5 minutes until all of the gelatine is dissolved and the mixture has cooled down somewhat.
-Now add some of this liquid to the chia seeds, maybe a quarter cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. This thins the mixture and keeps it from clumping when it's all combined.
-Stir the thinned chia seed mixture into the rest of the liquid.
-Pour in your mold(s).
I used wide mouth half pint jars because I liked the idea of making individual serving sizes. I was guessing that they'd be handy to pull out of the fridge after each day's run, and you know what? I was right.