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Chia seeds: Why they are a healthy option and easy recipe
Chia seeds are growing in popularity and for good reason. This healthy and tasty ingredient has long been a staple of South American diets, with the Mayans and Aztecs using them in food for centuries. Not only are they an incredibly tasty ingredient, but they are full of antioxidants and have high levels of nutrients.
Chia seeds have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, and minerals, providing a really beneficial meal while also keeping you fuller for longer.
With around ten grams of fibre in only two tablespoons of chia seeds, it is easy to see why they are a popular breakfast ingredient. Fibre helps you to feel full for longer - perfect if you are trying to cut down on how much you snack - but also reduces cholesterol and keeps you regular, which can reduce uncomfortable bloating.
Not only does their high antioxidant levels mean they last longer, it also means they are perfect for protecting your body from free radicals, which can cause illness and ageing. They also have a wide range of minerals in abundance, helping you to get your recommended daily allowances while maintaining your metabolism.
When it comes to eating chia seeds, they can be eaten whole and you still get all the benefits. This makes them incredibly easy to prepare, which is perfect for a busy lifestyle.
If you want to give chia seeds ago, one of the easiest ways to prepare them is in a pudding. There are a number of tasty alternatives that you can try, so here is a fantastic, healthy and tasty option.
Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
Two cups chia seeds
Half a cup of almond milk
Half a cup of canned coconut milk
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
Two teaspoons of honey - leave out of using sweetened milks
Simply whisk your milks, honey and vanilla essence together until fully combined and smooth. Stir in all the chia seeds and separate into bowls or glasses and cover before popping in the fridge for at least two hours.
You want to ensure that the consistency is thick when you eat it, so this might take a bit longer than a couple of hours. As the pudding can stay refrigerated for up to three days, you can make it during an evening and leave it overnight. This way it should be ready for breakfast the next day.
To serve, sprinkle with the ground cinnamon and add more honey if necessary. You can also add fruit, chopped nuts or seeds to the pudding when it comes to serving.
You might also want to consider adding a serving of fruit to your chia seed pudding. It goes incredibly well with bananas, blueberries and mango, which are all brilliant for you too and are likely to keep you going throughout the day.
For something a bit indulgent, try adding raw cocoa powder to milk mix before you add the chia seeds. This will create a lovely chocolatey pudding that is still incredibly healthy. Perfect for beating those sweet cravings while watching what you eat.
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