Summer Fruits Chia Seed Pudding
Chia is one of the greatest superfoods around. 'Chia' is the Mayan word for strength and was a main staple of the great civilisations of South America.
The nutrition benefits of chia are numerous and include: omega-3 fatty acids; fibre; calcium; antioxidants; vitamins A, B, D and E, magnesium and protein. They are also great for your digestive system and help to balance your blood sugar levels and get rid of those damaging sugar cravings.
So I tend to include chia in any meal I can, but here is my favourite. It's a simple and delicious dessert that your family and friends will love. In order to prepare chia seeds, simply add 1 cup of liquid for every 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and mix thoroughly. Soak for about 20 minutes. You don't need to soak chia seeds overnight, but the longer you soak them for, the more you will maximise the health benefits and achieve a thicker consistency. The only time you should eat chia dry is to help ease acid re-flux as it will help to absorb the acid.
- 2 tablespoons of ground chia seeds
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut
Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth! Hold a few berries back to scatter on top.
If you enjoy this recipe, here are some other combinations you might want to try:
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of guava juice, 1/2 a cup of coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of raspberry puree, 1/2 a cup of almond milk
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 3/4 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 cup of strawberry puree, 5 basil leaves (finely chopped)
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 3/4 cup of water, 3 drops of stevia
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, 1 cup of almond mild, 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, 3-5 drops of stevia
This simple recipe should become one of your staples as it contains all the nutrition that you need to get a headstart first thing in the morning.
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