Have you ever wondered about the benefits of those little things are getting stuck in your teeth?
What is the big craze about these chia seeds… do they actually do that much for your health?
Well these little seeds are super super duper! When they absorb liquid they swell about 9 times their original size! So it is important to soak them up before eating… even adding them to your water bottle before you eat them as they will absorb the liquid in your body. You could also drink lots and lots of water when eating them dry, as many people like to sprinkle them on their morning cereal or salads… ha. These tiny seeds are high in fibre (keeping you fuller for longer when consumed as it takes the body longer to breakdown), omega-3 fatty acids which add a good source of essential fatty acid and aids many systems of the body including the brain, heart, skin just to name a few, various micronutrients and surprisingly protein helping to reduce cravings.
They act as the gut’s own ‘vacuum cleaner’ as it sweeps through the intestinal lining and picks up any bile, fats and leftovers caught in there. Now we have found that this also helps to encourage regular bowel movements. Sometimes an uncomfortable topic to talk about but so important when trying to measuring or guage your health and wellbeing as we all should be responsible for our own daily health. A regular healthy stool (that is doing a number 2) should always be on the DAILY agenda. (stool post coming)
Maca powder was used which is a superfood that’s great for our hormone. It gives a slight sweetness to the chia pudding and great for balancing sugar in the body.
Rapadura sugar is the extracted juice of the sugar cane then dehydrated. So the nutrients are available in this sugar. Although it is so called healthier, work towards reducing the sugar in this recipe.
Now we have to get onto the fun stuff…
- Chia pudding
- 1 can of organic coconut milk
- ⅓ Cup chia seeds
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1-2tbs raw honey or to taste
- 1 tablespoon of maca powder
- 250g frozen or fresh berries (we used frozen raspberries) 2tbs sweetener of choice or to taste (we used rapadura sugar)
- hemp seeds
- toasted coconut flakes
- In a mixing bowl whisk together chia, water and honey and let seeds swell for 5 minutes then mix in the coconut cream. If you have a large jar you can also make it straight into the jar and shake. Be sure to shake the jar as soon as you combine the chia and water. You can leave it for a few seconds to absorb then shake again and as the chia seeds are swelling and almost thick, add the can of coconut milk. Shake or stir everything through well Store in a jar or container. This can be left overnight or eaten straight away.
- Place berries and sweetener in the TM bowl and warm through for 6 min/70 deg/speed 1/reverse
- You’re now ready to dress up your bowl of chia pudding or into a jar to take on the road
You can also pack in jars now to take to work or going out so you can pull out your healthy snack and never be caught out having to make bad food choices.
Optional Ideas: Add superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs and make other flavours… BE CREATIVE and SHARE with us your fabulous chia pudding experiments in the comments or on our FB page Wholefoodsavvy/ insta @Wholefoodsavvy
Enjoy playing with CHIIIIIIIAAA!
Also we do make these for those of you who don’t have time or just would love someone else to make delicious food for you.
They come in many flavour combos so please CONTACT US for more info.
I hope you enjoy this awesome recipe as much as we do!