Detoxing Sago Dessert Drink

Hey guys!

I hope whoever celebrates Chinese New Years had a very prosperous one indeed! πŸ˜„βœŒοΈ Gong Xi Fa Cai!

On to a simple dessert drink now. Here in Asia, chia seeds are called sago and they love putting sago in desserts like ones with coconut cream or ice cream. However, they use more Taiwanese chia instead of the Latin American or Australian varieties. Makes sense, this is China anyway.

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The Taiwanese chia seeds differ slightly in color since they’re entirely black, unlike the Latin American or Aussie kinds which comes in mixed black and white. Sago (or chia seeds) swell and form a jelly when in water, preferably warm to hot water.

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So what is sago good for? Detoxing. What is pineapple vinegar good for? Digestion. Bam! A detoxing sago drink which is naturally sweet from the pineapple vinegar and fun to eat. Oh yes! It reminds me of drinking bubble milk tea when I was in college. Those bubbles at the bottom were so fun to eat! πŸ˜‹βœŒοΈ Just don’t go overboard on the pineapple vinegar though. Pineapple has lots of sugar and too much can do more harm than good for digestion.

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Back when I was living in jersey, there were quite a few Asian supermarkets nearby and I also lived just minutes away from Chinatown in Manhattan. I suggest looking for Taiwanese fruit vinegars at your local asian market, but if not, look for organic and no added sugar or additives. Taiwan is a very health conscious Asian country with a large Buddhist population. They have heaps of delicious and inventive vegan foods and restaurants!

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Ingredients
– 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
– 2/3 Glass of warm to hot water (warm water tastes better and aides in digestion)
– 1-2 tablespoons of pineapple vinegar
– Stevia or raw wild honey (totally optional if the vinegar isn’t too sweet)

Recipe
1) Put 1 teaspoon of chia seeds into a glass
2) Add a bit of hot water first, then add room temperature water
3) let the chia seeds chill, meaning just swirl it around for a few minutes in the cup and watch it gel up
4) Add 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar and/or sweetener

Happy eating my friends!
Natalie

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