Chia seeds are an amazing superfood that have very little flavour but contain an enormous amount of nutrition. You can add them to your breakfast muesli, smoothies, sprinkle onto salads and even use as an egg replacement in baking. Consuming one tablespoon of chia seeds per day is an easy way to add extra nutrition to your diet.
Chia seeds are low GI and high in fibre, omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, and minerals, making them great for reducing inflammation, aiding with digestion, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, and boost your energy. View more of their nutritional info here.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
This recipe is great for breakfast, a filling snack or dessert. Make your chia pudding at night and place in the fridge for a quick and easy breakfast before work. It will keep you full for hours and give you a great amount of energy.
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp coconut sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds
Sliced banana and berries to serve
In a blender, mix banana, cacao, milk, sugar and cinnamon until smooth.
Pour into a serving glass and stir in the chia seeds. Wait a few minutes before stirring again. You will notice the mixture starting to thicken after about 10 minutes.
Place the glass in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving. Your pudding should have a thick, firm consistency.
Serve with berries and sliced banana.
You can make so many variations to this recipe to create all kinds of different flavours! You can layer sliced banana, chia pudding, yoghurt, pureed raspberries and crushed nuts if you like. I find that the berries are absolutely delicious with this. You could also omit the cacao and add 1/2 tsp vanilla to the pudding liquid as well. To make this even more nutritious, you can add in some more superfoods, and try experimenting with different liquids by swapping coconut milk for your favourite plant milk or even adding coconut water.