Chia seeds are a real powerhouse for their tiny size. They are full of nutrients and antioxidants and are a great source of fibre, making them very beneficial to the digestive system. Studies show they may be of benefit as a prebiotic in the gut by providing fuel for the healthy bacteria.
One of the most amazing benefits of chia seeds is they are high in alpha-linolenic acid which helps to maintain stable blood sugar and insulin levels by slowing the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar in the digestive system.
This recipe makes a great breakfast or have it for pudding if you like. Use any low carbohydrate fruit in this recipe, berries of any sort are a great option.
Cherry Berry Chia Pudding
Serves 4 people
1 400ml can of coconut milk or cream
5 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla essence
5 drops of stevia (optional)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen and defrosted berries (freeze dried are a good option too)
Optional extras: Cacao or cocoa powder or nibs, cinnamon, ground ginger, spirulina powder, protein powder, LSA, activated nuts, toasted coconut, maca powder, bee pollen, hulled hemp seeds. Options are only limited by your imagination.
Mix together coconut milk or cream and water, stevia if using, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk in the chia seeds, fruit and any other flavourings you would like to add. Reserve some of the fruit and/or flavourings to decorate when serving.
Refridgerate for at least 2 hours or make in the evening and refridgerate overnight.
-Julie Buckley (Coach/Chef)
Diabetes Clinic New Zealand
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