I love breakfasts. No, I adore them. They can be quite challenging, though. Many of my friends and family members (hi, mum!) struggle with this part of day. I get it, in the morning there is no time and energy for cooking and there’s nothing easier than grabbing a croissant or having a sandwich filled with butter and ham. BUT there are some options that are super easy, super healthy and just delicious! Such as Chia Pudding, a thing I guess you have already heard of (or at least seen a picture on Instagram as all the foodies are posting it). But what the fuss is all about?
You definitely do want to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. What are they and why are they so good for you?
Chia seeds come from a plant Salvica Hispanica that grows in South America. These seeds are packed with nutrients. They contain a high amount of calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin B3, potassium and much more. Chia seeds are considered as a “whole grain” food and are naturally free of gluten making them the perfect option for people with a celiac disease.
You do not have to worry about your insulin levels rising as it is a very low-carb option. They also contain a good amount of fiber which will make you feel full for a longer period of time. Plus fiber also feeds the good gut bacteria in the intestine that you need for your digestion to work properly.
Chia seeds also contain a good amount of protein which makes them a perfect protein source for people not eating animal products. Because of protein and fiber, they are one of the best addition to diet if you are trying to loose weight. You will get all the nutrients you need plus the needed fullness.
Because of the high amount of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium (all essential for bone health), chia seeds are a perfect option for people not eating dairy.
I hope I convinced you now that you absolutely must incorporate this superfood into your diet. The easiest option is with the awesome breakfast – Chia Pudding.
makes 2 portions
Chia seeds (5 spoons)
Coconut milk (or any other milk of choice, like almond or soy, my favorite is Alpro) – 2 cups
Pinch of salt
Fruit of choice (banana, blueberries, mango)
Mix chia seeds with coconut milk and a pinch of salt, stir, let sit for a moment. After a bit, go check the mixture, if it is too watery, add a bit of chia seeds, if it is starting to have a consistency of a pudding, put in a fridge and let it sit. I always prepare it at night so it can be in the fridge throughout the night, otherwise it needs at least 30mins in a cold environment. If it does not have a pudding consistency when pulled out, simply mix more chia seeds in or pour more milk into the mixture. Top with your favorite fruit, nuts (for added nutritional boost) and eat.