Chia pudding laden with deliciousness & Omega 3

Chia seeds are like having an instant meal of amazing goodness ready in minutes.

I have a chia pudding ready in my fridge, waiting to be eaten, and enjoyed this morning. It was well worth the fifteen minutes last night.
Here’s what – I made 4 of these chia puddings.

10 tablespoons of chia seeds.
1 litre of organic coconut milk (get as pure as you can)
Combine the seeds and milk. Leave to sit until seeds are soft and the chia pudding is formed.
Stir in 25gms of coconut chips or flakes.
4 cups of frozen berries of different types – I used – blueberries, raspberries and black currants
About 8tbsp of a fruit compote (I used 8tbsp of the berries, 4tbsp of rapadura sugar. Cook in a small pot until sugar is dissolved and a syrup has formed. Compote)
Then combine the berries and fruit compote.
Using a glass or tall container layer up the berries and chia pudding.
Serve with breakfast sprinkles of combined chopped nuts and seeds.

I’ve found that these chia puddings are so versatile. I use whatever liquid I have to soak them in. Sometimes my own fresh juiced fruit and veg. Sometimes almond milk. Sometimes just water. Then I add whatever I have. Sometimes I have even put avocado and a bit of salmon on the top with a few capers. Yum savoury option. Once you have a bowlful of the soaked chia seeds in your fridge you can do almost anything with them. Funny we call them pudding.

Just in case you don’t know what a chia seed is?

Chia is the edible seed of Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant in the mint family native to Central America, or of the related Salvia columbariae of the southwestern United States and Mexico. 

Chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body. By adding a serving of chia seeds a day, you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat as well.

The reason chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fibre, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. For example, one ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds contain about:

  • 137 calories
  • 12.3 grams carbohydrates
  • 4.4 grams protein
  • 8.6 grams fat
  • 10.6 grams fiber
  • 0.6 milligram manganese (30 percent DV)
  • 265 milligrams phosphorus (27 percent DV)
  • 177 milligrams calcium (18 percent DV)
  • 1 milligram zinc (7 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligram copper (3 percent DV)
  • 44.8 milligrams potassium (1 percent DV)

Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants.