So what is this “Chia” thing all about? Chia seeds (not to be confused with chai tea or chai latte) have been used for centuries by the Aztec, Incan and Mayan people as a staple food. Apparently, to help boost their endurance levels, they always carried a small pouch of chia seeds whenever travelling long distances on foot. Consequently, these itsy bitsy seeds came to be known as the “running food” High in protein, iron, omega 3 & 6, chia seeds are an ideal breakfast food.
Today, you can buy black and white chia seeds (both have the same nutritional value – no racism here) in the health section of most supermarkets. This morning, I share with you the recipe for my incredibly simple and super nutritious coconut chia pudding which is suitable for breakfast, a light snack or even an after-dinner pudding (well, duh). As a bonus, it is also naturally free from gluten, refined sugar and dairy.
1 can of coconut milk
4 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp honey
In a large jar (that’s the fad) mix all the ingredients together well.
Enjoy the next morning with fresh fruit.