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Chia for Warriors.

chia berry pudding1This is a pudding with a twist, a health kick, and one I’d recommend eating any time of day. That’s right, why not have a chia pudding for breakfast.  If you haven’t heard about chia seeds, well you’re in for a treat! Chia seeds were used by the Aztec warriors to give them high energy and endurance. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and these little seeds certainly do pack a powerful energy punch!

One of the characteristics that make chia so unique is that it can absorb up to 10 times its own weight in water.  Because of this, chia seeds can keep you hydrated and improve absorption of electrolytes.  This also slows digestion and keeps you feeling fuller for longer, reducing those sugar cravings.

Chia seeds are rich in so many important nutrients, so adding them to your diet regularly is definitely recommended.

Some of the top chia seed benefits are:

Skin & Aging

chia seeds are one of nature’s richest antioxidants. Antioxidants speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent further damage to the skin.

Digestive Health

Chia is super-high in fiber. Fiber is essential for your body’s ability to balance insulin levels. So seeds like flax and chia can help to naturally balance blood sugar, due to its high fiber content and healthy fats. This is great for those who suffer from diabetes.

Being high in dietary fiber, chia helps promote bowel regularity and healthy stools.

Chia seeds create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach when eaten, or as you’ll see in the recipe below when liquid is added to them.  This gel-forming action is due to the soluble fiber in chia seeds and it can work as a prebiotic supporting the growth of probiotics in your gut.

Heart Health

Chia seeds are high in linoleic, a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.  For such a tiny little seed, chia is really high in healthy fats with more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. Omega-3’s work to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and reducing inflammation.

Stronger Bones

Chia seeds contain a healthy amount of calcium. Calcium is crucial to bone health and helps maintain bone strength and mass. Chia also contains boron which is another essential nutrient for bone health. Boron helps metabolize calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus for healthy growth of bones and muscles.

Building Muscle

Chia seeds are one of the top plant-based sources of protein.  This is another reason this super warrior seed is great to consume for those trying to put on lean muscle, burn fat, and balance blood sugar levels.

There are many other benefits to this powerful little black seed, such as fighting cancers, great in treating diabetes, dental health and more. So here it is, a simple and delicious chia seed pudding that’s great for any time of day, or take with you on the go as a healthy snack.

Chia pudding recipe:chia pudding jar

Ingredients:

For 4 500ml jars.

  • 1000ml greek yoghurt ( I use goat’s milk yoghurt)
  • 150ml (1 tin) coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of honey/ liquid stevia/ maple syrup/ agave
  • 300g mixed berries (I often use strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 8 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

Method:

  1. Place berries in the blender with 1 tablespoon of honey (reserve the other 2 tablespoons) blend it all together creating a berry puree.
  2. In a large bowl combine the yoghurt, coconut milk, vanilla, honey, chia seeds and coconut oil. Stir well mixing it together evenly.
  3. Mix in half of the berry puree. Pour the berry-chia mix into your jars and place in the fridge to set for 2 hours.
  4. Remove from the fridge and top with the remaining berry puree.

These can be topped with nuts, seeds, granola, roasted coconut, and then sealed and taken along with for an on the go healthy snack. Or served up in a beautiful glass as a wonderful dessert.

Get creative with what goes into your puddings, this recipe is just one of my favourites but you really can make all sorts of chia delights.

Happy Cooking everyone, if you get adventurous and make yourself this delightful warrior meal, tag me in your post! I love connecting with you so get in touch or comment below.

Love and health,

“Mama Wolf” x

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