It’s no secret that Chia seeds are the gateway to a healthy diet, but those jumping on the band wagon with this latest health kick craze do not entirely understand the benefits chia hold! Myself included, I can by no means call myself ‘health obsessed’, but what I love more than anything is an abundance of delicious exotic fruits at my disposal, both at home and abroad and my daily dose of vitamins and nutrients comes from mango, passion fruit, berries and melon!
Take a short stroll through Hampstead high street and you reach Le Pain Quotidian, a great spot for Sunday brunch and its organic Chia seed and coconut milk pudding is worth fighting over. Choose from chocolate or vanilla, this gluten and grain free dessert has more calcium than a glass of milk! (to the delight of many children). With a ton of energy released, it is a great supplement for weight loss and for your all-important beauty sleep (girls – this is a true keeper).
I have a particularly sweet tooth, so chia seed has been a blessing in disguise for a healthy, tasty and sweet pudding which I can make myself (always important). Having tried the chocolate flavour at Le Pain, there are endless flavour possibilities which include cocoa powder and vanilla, strawberries or cinnamon and nutmeg for a Chai Chia Pudding – (a slight mouthful to say but I promise it’s worth the trouble).
Not yet convinced? Here are the top 10 reasons to indulge in a bowl of chia seed goodness!
28 grams or 1 ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre. This fibre is 1/3 of the recommended daily intake for adults. Fibre is great for digestive health!!
Chia has been long studied as a potential natural treatment for type 2 diabetes as it slows down digestion. The coating chia seeds develop when exposed to liquids also helps prevent blood sugar spikes.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in chia seeds with nearly 5 grams in a 1 ounce serving. Fear not as these fatty acids are essential for brain growth.
Teeth and bones
For stronger bones and teeth, calcium is needed and chia seeds offers 18% of the recommended daily intake for calcium. Who needs to drink a glass of milk anyway?
It may sound scary and unnatural but 27% of your daily value for phosphorus can come from chia seeds, helping to synthesise protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.
You may be thinking what in god’s name this rare nutrient is, but it is vital to staying healthy! It is an added nutrient to keep your bones in check.
For those who call themselves vegetarians, Chia seeds work wonders for a protein source without cholesterol. One 28 gram serving has 4.4 grams of protein, 10% of the daily value.
Fight the fat
Chia is known to be a stabiliser on blood sugar levels which fights insulin resistance which leads to belly fat.
Being full is often a by-product of a delicious Sunday roast or summer BBQ, but the amino acid which causes that sensation is known as tryptophan which is also found in chia seeds, helping to regulate appetite, sleep and an improved mood.
Keep your ticker healthier
Chia seeds have been known to improve blood pressure in diabetics and increase healthy cholesterol.
Le Pain have the perfect recipe for serving up a delicious treat for four!
5 tbsp. chia seeds 400ml canned coconut milk
For the passion fruit sauce:
10 passion fruit, halved, pulp and seeds removed
4 tbsp. agave syrup
- In a bowl, mix the chia seeds with the coconut milk for 2 minutes using a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture into 4 round dessert or pudding moulds or ramekins (about 4 inches in diameter) or a selection of moulds of smaller sizes. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely set.
- To make the passion fruit sauce, place the passion fruit in a small saucepan with the agave syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then immediately reduce the heat to very low and cook gently for about 5 minutes or until the sauce coats the back of the spoon.
- Turn out the chia and coconut puddings onto 4 serving plates. Drizzle with the passion fruit sauce and serve with your choice of seasonal soft fruit