When I first tasted the chia seeds it was love at first sight. I use it in lots of dishes I cook in salads for texture, in soups to thicken, in baked products to substitute egg, in curries to enrich the mineral intake, in crackers along with other nuts and seeds, but I really love to use them to prepare rich breakfast puddings. Chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid, an amazing hydrophilic feature which makes them perfect suitable to use in puddings, along with vegan milks, fruits and other superfoods.
I always recommend eating chia seeds especially when you’re on a weight loss or detox diet, because they have fabulous effects on our health. There are three main facts about chia seeds to convince you to include them in your daily diet:
1. They are rich in fiber
Just 1 oz of the tiny chia seeds contains more than a third of the daily recommended fiber intake for adults. The fiber in chia seeds is mostly soluble, which has a fantastic benefit not only for encouraging digestion, but also for lowering the cholesterol and sustaining the natural detox function of the body. The insoluble fiber takes longer to travel through the intestines, so it have enough time to absorb the toxins and bad cholesterol metabolized in the liver, which will be flushed out along with the fiber. It also slows down the glucose absorption, therefore it contributes to stabilizing the sugar levels in blood.
2. They are packed with minerals
One of the biggest question regarding the vegan/vegetarian diets concerns the minerals (especially calcium and magnesium) intake. Seeds and nuts are a great source of minerals, with chia seeds containing a quarter of the daily recommended calcium intake for a serving of three tablespoons.
3. They are a great source of healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
These fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect for the circulatory system and encourage the artery health.
Starting your day with a good dose of chia seeds sounds like the perfect plan, while pairing them with creamy coconut milk, kiwi fruits rich in antioxidants and bee pollen for vitamins and enzymes is a great way to nourish your body first thing in the morning. If you are in a hurry you can let the seeds soak overnight in coconut milk in a jar in a refrigerator, and assemble in the morning to serve right away or to-go. It only takes a couple of minutes, and the result is nourishing and simply delicious!
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 1&1/2 cups lite coconut milk
- 2 tsp organic raw honey (or raw agave nectar to omit honey)
- 4 kiwi fruits, peeled and cut in cubes
- 2 tbsp organic bee pollen
- Mixed seeds and nuts, to garnish
- Soak the chia seeds in coconut milk and set aside for 20 minutes, or overnight, in the refrigerator.
- Add honey and mix to combine.
- Place the kiwi fruits in the food processor and pulse to obtain a smooth puree.
- Evenly distribute the puree into the serving glasses, then pour over the soaked chia.
- Garnish with bee pollen and mixed seeds and nuts, and serve.
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