START YOUR DAY WITH CHOCOLATE!

I’ve had a busy week and an even busier weekend. I knew that I needed to unwind for a few minutes so I escaped to my kitchen and had a look to see what I could make quickly.

I don’t know about you, but I find spending time in my kitchen so therapeutic and healing and it always makes me feel refreshed and relaxed after. For me, it is great way to recharge my batteries. I had coconut milk, raw cacao, chia seeds, vanilla beans and avocados on hand and quicker than it takes to eat, I whipped up several puddings.

One will be for dessert tonight and the other two will be breakfast for the next 2 days. I love starting the day with chocolate! And to know that it is packed with healthy fats to fuel my brain, protein to keep me going and full of antioxidants and essential minerals only makes it even more enticing.

I can’t stress enough the wonders of chia seeds.

These super seeds are full of fibre which assists digestion and they are also high in protein. They are packed with omega 3 which is wonderful for the heart and brain

They are also power-packed with antioxidants which work against the free radicals that do damage to millions of our cells every day. And if that wasn’t enough to get you hooked on chia seeds, they also stabilise blood sugar levels and are also high in calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin C.

Mixing chia seeds through avocado as the base, takes this power-packed mousse to the next level as a great breakfast, snack food or decadent dessert. Avocado adds a nice healthy fat to fuel the brain.

Don’t buy into the misguided Western belief that fats are bad for you.

Our brains need good fats! Avocados are packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower the bad cholesterol. It will also and keep you feeling full for longer so when combined with the chia seeds, it really is a super start to your day and will stop you reaching for bad snacks mid-morning.   Avocados are also full of vitamins E and C, potassium and lutein.

• 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 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.

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 a few minutes. So go on everybody, start your day with chocolate!!!

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