Updated: Feb 27
If there was ever a food that gets your body dancing - Chia seeds may just be IT!
Chia seeds are a gluten-free ancient grain that can be added to just about any food. On a per-gram basis, chia seeds may contain the highest amount of omega-3s in nature and are also high in fibre.
Our hormones regulate and control much of how our bodies operate. Whacky-out-of-balance hormones could affect almost every aspect of health showing up as extra weight we just cannot lose, fertility issues, and feeling lown and lethargic. Unhealthy hormone levels can even increase the risk of certain cancers and other chronic diseases.
Omega 3 fats are an important nutrient that helps balance our hormones. Chia's hormonal benefits include stabilising blood sugar, improving insulin sensitivity, and easing metabolic syndrome symptoms like blood pressure and blood sugar spikes. Fibre-rich foods such as Chia seeds can help regulate digestion and reduce fat from the body
100 grams of chia seeds can offer 20 grams of omega-3s, which is almost equal to the amount in 800 grams of Atlantic salmon. With so much exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals hidden in processed foods, body, skin & hair products, perfumes, deodorants, cookware and food storage products, scented candles, air fresheners and more, it doesn't take much to throw off our carefully balanced hormonal system.
So...adding a moderate amount of Chia seeds to your diet on a regular basis can be a great nutritional move. Here is a simple Chia Pudding base recipe to which you can add fresh berries, chopped nuts, dark chocolate and more to get your day started, as an afternoon snack, or even a healthy pudding.
Simple Chia Pudding Base Makes 4 servings
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
READY IN: 5 HOURS (Best to leave overnight)
2.5 cups of milk - plant or otherwise - I like to mix it up - Thick Coconut Milk from a can with Almond milk is my favourite combo
1/2 cup of chia seeds
Sweeten with either one of the following:
1-3 tablespoons of raw honey (when healing the gut)
1-3 tablespoons of granulated stevia/erythritol blend or xylitol when managing blood sugar and weight loss
Mix all wet ingredients into a bowl.
Add chia seeds and whisk together
Pour into serving cups
Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours - but preferably overnight
TERTIA's PERSONAL TIPS
Instead of using a sweetener, I make a raspberry or berry coulis, by blending up some berries and then layering that on top of the chia pudding.
I also like to sprinkle some homemade granola over my Chia pudding right before eating.
A quick easy topping favourite is:
10 almonds chopped
1 block of Lindt 85% dark chocolate
5-10 dried cranberries All chopped up and added as a topping right before I munch my chia snack.