What’s for breakfast Mum? What’s for Dinner? Are we having dessert tonight? What if you knew how to make an incredibly healthy chocolate pudding that would tick all the nutritional boxes but still taste amazing? Best of all, it is sugar, dairy and gluten free so if you really wanted to, you can eat this whenever you feel like a chocolate hit. I often make up several bowls and keep them in the fridge. Usually I have done that, because I want one for dessert so it is just as easy to make a few as it is one. That way I can have another one for breakfast because it will give me a powerful start for the day and the one can be another dessert later (if one of my beautiful sons haven’t taken it already).
There are two secret, but oh so healthy, ingredients in this Supercharged Choc Chia Pudding that make this meal fit into breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack and those ingredients are chia and avocado!
You can eat this delicious pudding without feeling any guilt whatsoever as every single ingredient is packed with nutrients. Avocados are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol and will keep you feeling full for longer. It’s a good source of vitamins E and C, potassium and lutein. Chia seeds are full of fibre which assists digestion and they are also high in protein. They are packed with anti-oxidants and omega 3 which is wonderful for the heart and brain. The powerful antioxidants from chia seeds work against free radicals that can cause so much damage. They are packed with more iron than spinach. Chia seeds also stabalise blood sugar levels and are also high in calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin C (7 times more Vitamin C than oranges). They are also packed with protein, which is one reason I add chia seeds to my morning smoothies and to my home-mad breakfast cereal (a blog is coming).
There are so many ways that you can add chia to your food. Here are just some simple suggestions:
Make My Kitchen Heals Super Chocolate Delight
Sprinkle it on your oats or whatever cereal you are eating (hopefully it is gluten and sugar free) Stay tuned for some recipes from My Kitchen Heals that gives you the option of having gluten and sugar free cereals that taste delicious)
Add it to your smoothies – I often presoak my chia seeds the night before with some fresh coconut water or if I don’t have fresh on hand, I use
• 2 medium ripe avocadoes
• 1/2 cup medjool dates
• 1 1/4 tablespoons raw cocao
• 2 tablespoons coconut nectar
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds
• 1/3 cup water
• 1/8 teaspoon dulse sea salt (or less)
• gojiberries to decorate
Put all ingredients (except gojiberries) into a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend. You may need to scrape down a couple of times to break up the dates.
Put in the fridge for approx. 30 mins to allow the chia seeds to gel. Decorate with gojiberries.
It took me a while to take the first step and buy my first bag of Chia…. because I didn’t know what to do with it. SO here are 3 tips for you today to get you unstuck and grab that bag of Chia from the supermarket or health food store:
– Sprinkle it on your salads (any salad!) and breakfasts (porridges, yoghurt, mixed fruit).
– Include it in your smoothies (I always add 1-2 Tbsp).
– And…. wait for it…..Make a super quick and yummy chocolate quick pudding…ta-da! (Click here to access the unbelievably easy recipe.)
This Chocolate Chia Pudding is an example of clean eating with no deprivation, with nutrient-dense foods that truly nourish you. And best of all….it only takes 15 minutes!
This is my philosophy: That getting healthy doesn’t need to be hard. It doesn’t need to take hours in the kitchen. It doesn’t need to mean deprivation, extreme exercise or extreme diets. Getting healthy is available to everyone, yes everyone — you don’t need to have an extreme health scare to benefit from starting somewhere. Starting from where you are right now does not make the journey any less authentic. Last but not the least, the best version of you starts with one step at a time.
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