Night Before Chia & Pomegranate Pudding
- 1 cup coconut milk/almond milk (Coco quench works well)
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup organic mixed berries/pear/pomegranate/peaches/figs
- Small handful of walnuts
- 1 Tbs Shredded coconut
- Place 1 cup coconut milk in a jar with 2 Tbs chia seeds (3 if you like a thicker pudding). Add the Vanilla extract.
- Gently whisk to avoid the chia seeds settling and clumping to the bottom occasionally for the first 5 minutes.
- Once the seeds have expanded and are separate, place the lid on the jar and put in the fridge over night.
- In the morning, layer the chia pudding, walnuts, and fruit in a glass or bowl and repeat, finishing of with some shredded coconut.
Chia, is the ancient Myan word for strength, and was a food of the ancient Aztecs. These tiny little seeds are a rich source of omega 3’s, fibre, calcium, vitamins, minerals and are a complete protein. Being gluten free, they are suitable for people with coeliac’s disease or for those who prefer a grain free diet.
Just 2 Tbs a day can provide you with 10gms of fibre, and the all important bone minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. These minerals will also assist in normalizing high blood pressure, and reduce the effects of other cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome, by reducing triglycerides and blood glucose levels.
Whether you choose black or white chia is up to you as their nutritional properties are almost identical. Black chia seeds have been found to have slightly higher levels of antioxidants as compared to the white seeds. Mixing the 2 seeds will give you the full spectrum of health benefits associated with chia.
Add them to drinks, smoothies, as a crumb or coating, in your baking or mix them with milk to create a creamy pudding for breakfast or dessert.
An Alkaline diet high in plant based soluble and insoluble fibre will encourage healthy bowel evacuation and reduce symptoms of digestive discomfort.
Photo by David Nightingale