When I was a kid in Key West, we had aloe plants. My mom would break off the fat juicy leaves and spread the gel on my skin whenever I’d gotten a little too much sun.
Sometimes a bit of aloe juice would find its way from my arms or face to my six-year-old tastebuds. YUCK. Accidentally ingesting that bitter stuff was enough to wreck my day, or at least ten minutes of it. Which is a long time when you’re six.
“Skin care isn’t just external; it starts with a healthy digestive system and body,” my esthetician was explaining to me about eighteen years later. “One of my secrets is to make chia pudding with aloe juice and take a spoonful each morning. It helps your body get rid of toxins and fights the bacteria that can cause acne.”
Okay, you want me to eat chia pudding made with aloe juice?? That does not sound terribly appetizing, I thought, flashing back to my kindergarten days. But if the attractive dewy-skinned owner of a downtown San Francisco spa had been putting Aloe Juice Chia Pudding in her body every day for the past ten years, I was game to do the same. Obviously this lady knew what she was talking about.
I’ve been making this daily detox concoction kind ever since! Aloe still isn’t my favorite taste in the world, but serving the pudding over some fresh fruit and almonds definitely “helps the medicine go down.”
It’s super, super easy. Just fill a glass with aloe juice and stir in a couple tablespoons of chia seeds. Remember, chia seeds can absorb up to ten times their weight in water (one website I found said 27 times, but most cited 8-12). In any case, you don’t need a ton. I wish I had counted exactly what my aloe-to-chia ratio was, but it’s kinda intuitive…
Stir it, let it sit 2 minutes, stir it again, and repeat a few times. After about 15 minutes, you can either put it in the fridge for the next morning or even have some immediately. I like to make at least a couple days’ worth. If it starts to dry out, I just add more aloe juice.
I love this pudding because not only is it great for your skin, but it has a ton of other health benefits. I recommend reading this interesting article on aloe juice and getting the scoop (really bad pun intended) on chia seeds here.
Here’s to your skin and health!