Posts Tagged ‘chia seeds’

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RAW VEGAN COCONUT BERRIES CHIA PUDDING

September 17, 2013

 Dear One,

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Chia seeds pudding is definitely my favourite breakfast : virtually no carbs, loaded with healthy fats, fibre and slow release energy, chia seeds are one of nature’s near perfect foods. It is believed that just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds could sustain an Aztec warrior for 24 hours !

Although I am no Aztec warrior, chia seeds definitely do work for me : they give me the energy I need to work and play all morning, leaving me with a moderate appetite when come lunch time. In other words, the ultimate breakfast food.

Raw vegan coconut berries chia pudding

Serves 2 to 4 :

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

2 cups fresh pure water

a small punnet raspberries

a small punnet strawberries, halved

Put the chia seeds and half the water (1 cup) in a mixing bowl.

Prepare a creamy coconut milk by blending the desiccated coconut with the other cup of water. Strain, pour on the chia mixture and give it a good mix using a fork.

Allow to stand for at least half and hour to allow the chia seeds to soak up the coconut mylk.

Serve with the berries, adding toppings of your choice : ground flax, sesame and pumpkin seeds, goji berries, bee pollen (not technically vegan) and cacao nibs are my current favourites.

Also easy to eat on the move, just put everything in a recycled glass jar :

Coconut berries chia pudding in glass jar

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GOJI CHIA FRESCA

November 21, 2012

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Chia fresca is a very popular drink in Mexico and Central America (where chia seed originates from) : simply stir 2 teaspoons of chia seeds into 250ml of water (you’ll end up with a slightly gelatinous liquid). Add lime or lemon juice and sweeten to taste if you wish, and enjoy.

Chia fresca, as it’s name suggests, is very refreshing (serve it with ice cubes in the summer) and rehydrating.

It is by no means hot in Western Europe at the moment, but (room temperature) chia fresca will keep you well hydrated and satiated throughout the colder months as well, when you tend to drink less. It is actually a great drink for the autumn and winter months :

  • Chia seeds are a great source of complete proteins, so easy to digest that eating them leave you feeling light and nourished. Unlike flax seeds, they don’t need to be ground to access their goodness.
  • Due to their high soluble fibre content, chia seeds absorb liquid and slow down the loss of electrolytes, maintaining the body hydrated for longer. Hydration (not fancy cosmetics …) is the absolute first step for soft plump skin, so I am all in !
  • You will be happy to learn that the soluble fibre in chia seeds also help regulate blood sugar levels, ensuring stable energy levels and greater endurance, especially for all sporty babies out there.

Your basic recipe here is simply pure fresh water and chia seeds.

Adjust the quantity of chia seeds for your preferred consistency. Use white or black chia seeds for different colour effect. Add lemon or lime for a traditional lemonade chia fresca, superfood powders, fruit juice or crushed fruit, dried fruits of your choice for variety, add a dash of sweetener (stevia, xylitol, yacon, agave, coconut palm sugar, honey, maple syrup, …) if you wish …

Serves 1 – makes 1 litre (to be sipped throughout the day) :

1 tbsp white chia seeds

1 tbsp goji berries

1 litre pure fresh water

In a 1 litre mason jar, put the chia seeds and the goji berries. Cover with the water to fill the jar. Screw the lid back on and shake. Allow to stand for at least half an hour, shaking the jar a few times.

It’s ready. Easy peasy. Sip throughout the day for long lasting hydration and nourishment.

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RAW VEGAN HEMP BAOBAB CHIA PUDDING

November 11, 2012

 Dear One,

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Chia seeds are one of the most powerful nutritious superfoods on the planet : they are an excellent source of fibre (more than bran flakes), packed with antioxidants (more than fresh blueberries), full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals (more Calcium than 2% fat milk), and the richest known plant source of omega-3 fatty acids (more than Atlantic salmon and flaxseed)  !

Adding just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately 7 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping 5 grams of omega-3 !

Chia seeds are really a great food to make into a breakfast pudding.

In this recipe, I sweeten the pudding with raisins and add baobab powder for a delightful lemon sherbet flavour. I also added camu camu because it is loaded with immune system boosting Vitamin C.

For 2 to 4 servings :

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup whole hemp seeds

2 cups fresh pure water

1 tbsp soy lecithin *(not raw)

1 tbsp baobab powder

1 tbsp camu camu (optional)

Put the chia seeds and the raisins in a mixing bowl with half the water (1 cup).

Prepare the hemp milk by blending the hemp seeds with the other cup of water. Strain. Rinse blender. Return strained milk to the blender, add the lecithin, baobab powder and camu camu (if using) and blend again. Pour on the chia mixture and give it a good mix using a fork.

Allow to stand for at least a couple of hours or ideally overnight. Will keep in the fridge for a few days – actually the flavours improve with time.

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RAW VEGAN ICE CREAM AND PUDDING FOR BREAKFAST

September 4, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Question : Is eating ice cream and pudding for breakfast good for you ?

Answer : Yes, eating this breakfast of raw vegan banana ice cream with raw chia pudding is good for you. It has no added sugar, but it is pleasantly sweetened by the banana and the raspberries.

CHIA is a wonderful food. It is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. An even better source of Omega 3s than my other love, flax seeds. It is a complete source of protein, as it provides all essential amino acids. And due to its very high fibre content (mainly soluble fibre), it absorbs several times its volume in water, and is very filling. It is really, perfect breakfast food, especially for those active days, as it is easy to digest and gives enough energy to keep one going for a long time.

For 4 :

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup water

1 cup almond milk (or your favourite raw vegan milk)

2 bananas, frozen

1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

1tbs bee pollen*

1tbsp raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp goji berries

*bee pollen is not vegan

The night before, soak the chia seeds in 1 cup water. You can use a jar with a lid to do this, as it is easier to shake the seeds around. Alternatively, you will have to use a fork to separate the seeds and prevent them from clumping together.

To make the almond milk, soak a handful of almonds (about 20) overnight. The next morning, blend the almonds with 1 cup water. Strain to retain the pulp, which can be saved for other recipes. This is a concentrated almond milk. Alternatively, you can blend the almonds with 2 cups of water and add the chia seeds.  The proportion to keep is 1 tablespoon chia seeds to 1 cup liquid.

To make the banana ice cream, simply blend the frozen bananas in a powerful blender until smooth. Or process the frozen bananas into a slow juicer (Champion or Green star like), using the blank screen.

Assemble by layering the banana ice cream, then the raspberries, and finally the chia pudding. Top with bee pollen, cacao nibs and goji berries.

Enjoy.

Keep smiling

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