Today is the first day of the Instagram #sugarfreeseptember challenge, and as the first post is Nourishing Breakfast, I planned ahead and made myself a Chia Pudding yesterday to enjoy for my breakfast this morning.
Chia Pudding is quite big in health circles lately, and I hadn’t tried one until 2 weeks ago, when at least 3 people mentioned it at uni in the one week, so I thought I’d give it a crack, and now I’m in love with them!
Chia seeds are a great source of omega3 fatty acids, protein, fibre and calcium, and when they are soaked, they swell and become gelatinous, but also the shells of the seeds break open, making the nutrients more available for absorption in your gut.
Coyo (a brand of coconut yoghurt) is a fermented food, meaning it contains probiotics, the microbes that live in your gut, help break down your food and deter harmful microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses) that can make you sick. Coyo is a delicious source of probiotics, and is great for those who can’t tolerate dairy, or have dietary preferences such as vegan or paleo. Coconut has been found to boost metabolism and provide a protective effect against heart disease.
This recipe needs to be prepared the night before, so that the chia seeds have time to soak up the moisture from the coyo. I like to put mine in a jar so that I can take it with me when I have an early start. There is no need for sugar or honey because the fruit and the coyo are already sweet enough
2tbl chia seeds
1/2-3/4 cup coyo
small handful of berries (fresh or frozen)
fresh pulp from 1 passionfruit
Into your preferred container/jar/bowl, mix the chia seeds and coyo until thoroughly combined. Pour your passionfruit and berries on the top and leave overnight to soak.
In the morning, chop your banana and stir through.
Play around with the recipe a bit if you like. Cacao and cinnamon are a pretty good addition instead of the passionfruit, but it depends on what you like.
Give it a go and tell me what you think in the comments below.
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