If you haven’t jumped on the chia train yet then maybe this recipe will inspire you. I hope so.
Chia seeds are nutrition powerhouses. Sure, they might look a little weird and have a texture that can take a bit of getting used to, but they are well worth a try. Utter plant-based awesomeness! Once you get into them, there really is nothing like it! To me, chia pudding is like the most delicious breakfast jelly, only with bite and a completely unique ‘pearly’ texture. And a very versatile taste.
Chia seeds contain exceptional amounts of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic-acid (ALA), a healthy fat that has many protective effects, such as helping to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protecting against heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune diseases and reducing inflammation.
They are also packed full of fibre – helping to keep you regular (very important!), as well as protecting against a plethora of chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes).
Another benefit of fibre is that it helps to fill you up and slow down the rate that your body absorbs sugar from food, helping to keep your blood glucose levels more stable. Very important for those of you who suffer from the effects of a yo-yo-ing blood sugar (energy slumps, excess fatigue, irritability if meals are missed, hyper-sensitive, lack of focus and concentration). Having this chia seed pudding for breakfast could go a long way to helping rid those mid-morning/early afternoon slumps and keep you energised. After all, these tiny little seeds were given the name ‘chia’ by the Mayans because of their energy-boosting effects; ‘chia’ means ‘strength’ in Mayan. The Aztecs were pretty fond of them too.
Another reason to include chia seeds more regularly in your diet is that they are great for bone health. They are packed with high levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and manganese – all of which play an important role in keeping our bones strong and healthy. This is especially important as we age and if we don’t do much weight bearing exercise.
So if you like your breakfasts as pretty, colorful and nutritious as they are dang tasty then this is right up your alley!
I recommend making pretty breakfasts. This has less to do with eating than you might think. It puts you in good stead for the whole day. It’s a kind of mindfulness exercise; the extra effort and care needed to make something that is aesthetically pleasing can help to calm and focus the mind early in the day. If you can push past the ‘I can’t be bothered’ or ‘I don’t have time’ excuses, then taking time over the most important meal of the day will become a much-loved ritual. I have to admit though that it isn’t always easy. If you live by yourself or always make breakfast for one, then it’s easy to just throw something together without caring what is actually looks like! I suppose because of my blog I more often than most people, end up eating food that I have taken my time over. It’s really since doing this for my website that I have realised how much more rewarding it is to eat food that I have taken such care over. I relish every mouthful with real appreciation. Now-a-days, when I’m not doing a recipe shoot, I often put more effort and care into my breakfast than I used to do in my pre-life delight days. Simply because I know it feels good and tastes that much better. It’s also an act of self-love (hell yeah, I AM worth this beautiful breakfast!). Seriously ;). [And so are you].
On an energetic level, food that we have put love and care into is so much more nourishing. I am pretty sensitive to this. (Perhaps from my reiki training, perhaps from my empathic nature, perhaps from my love of food, perhaps because I know how important vibes are).
Food holds energy. The kind of energy that goes far deeper than simply the nutritional content or caloric value of the food.
When I see processed, mass-produced, ‘fake’ food, one reason I don’t want to eat it is intellectual: I know it’s full of crap and there’s nothing about it that says ‘eat me’. But another, equally important and far more visceral reasoning (intuiting) comes from the fact that I can literally sense the lack of vitality in it. It’s dead food. No good vibes. Nuh-uh. I feel it, and it makes me sad.
So it really is important to prepare food with love and good intentions. You can’t beat it.
You can’t beat this coconut chia pudding for brekkie (or pudding) either. Take your time and enjoy it.[You’re worth it ;)]
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1.5 cups coconut milk
- 3 tbsp coconut cream
- 1/2 tsp natural vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp maple syrup/honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
- seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
- 2 tbsp chopped pistachio nuts
- 1 banana – sliced
- Blend the coconut milk, coconut cream, maple syrup, vanilla (and cinnamon if using).
- Mix in the chia seeds and leave for a minimum of 4 hours to let the chia seeds expand and Absorb the coconut mix.
- To serve, layer the chia pudding with banana, pomegranate and pistachio, making sure to have the fruit as the last layer on top.
- Add an extra dusting of cinnamon if desired and enjoy!