Chia seeds have become a fashionable staple breakfast food these days and deservedly so: they are nutritional powerhouses and make a fantastic healthy breakfast on the go. Rich in essential Omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and anti-oxidants, chia pudding can be made in advance which means your healthy breakfasts and snack for 2-3 days are sorted! All you have to do is play around with toppings and flavours to figure out what do you prefer to eat with your chia seeds and you are good to go!
Ingredients: (1 portion)
– 2 table spoons of chia seeds (white or black)
– 50 ml of mineral or filtered water
– 50 ml of pomegranate juice (bottled sugar-free)
– 2 tea spoons of cocoa nibs
– 1 table spoon of hazelnuts
– 1 table spoon of blackberries
– 2 tables spoons of plain yoghurt
1. The night before mix 2 tablespoons of your chia seeds in 50 ml of pomegranate juice and 50ml of water. Let sit on the counter for 15 minutes.
2. After 15 minutes mix the chia seeds, juice and water one more time, cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
3. The following morning your chia seeds should be a very gelatinous in texture to which you add 2 table spoons of yoghurt and mix everything thoroughly.
4. Put half of the mixture in a pretty glass, ideally a see- through one so that you can see the glorious colour of the pomegranate dyed seeds and pretty layers of the pudding.
5. Next, add a layer of blackberries. Spread the berries evenly and add the rest of the chia seed mixture.
6. Roughly chop hazelnuts and add to the top of the chia pudding.
7. Finally, add a sprinkle of cocoa nibs for an amazing velvety chocolat flavour – who wouldn’t want that in the morning?!
Chia pudding can be a carrier of all sorts of flavours, it all depends on your taste.As it is pretty bland in flavour it makes it a perfect candidate for ‘dressing it up’ for your healthy breakfast recipes. Yoghurt can be sheep’s, coconut (Co Yo) or soya (Alpro) depending on your diet program and dairy preferences. Pomegranate juice can be swapped for a mashed mango or banana puree, apple juice or even water. As for the toppings: the list is really endless as it all depends on food combinations you prefer: chopped pistachios and banana, toasted almond flakes and strawberries; sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for extra protein, or bee pollen and goji berries for extra anti-oxidants for my health fanatics!
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.