Pudding for breakfast is not that radical an idea, although I know my 93 year old mother wouldn’t approve; but shaking things up keeps things interesting, right? We all know that a healthy breakfast is the foundation for a great day. It energizes our bodies and fuels our brains so we can take on whatever the universe puts in our path. While we know all this on an intellectual level, the reality is, mornings can be pretty hectic. Getting ready for school or work, finding missing assignments, and searching for lost glasses and keys can make finding time for breakfast pretty difficult. My solution? Pudding. Not just any pudding though – Chia pudding and here’s why.
Chia seeds are one of my superhero plant-based foods. They may be tiny but they pack an awesome nutritional punch. Chia is known to have been used as a superfood as early as 3000 BC. We humans, many of us being foolish and thinking we know better than mother nature, largely abandoned this little powerhouse after the “discovery” of the Americas until the early 1990s. Thank Goodness the descendants of the Aztec and Maya people, who revered Chia for its extraordinary qualities (side note: Chia is the Mayan word for strength) held on to this marvelous food until the rest of us got smart enough to rediscover it.
Chia Superhero Stats
1 tablespoon (12g) serving of chia seeds deliver:
3 grams of protein
4 grams of dietary fiber
4 grams of fat (3.4 grams of Good Fats)
Chia seeds are also an excellent source of manganese, magnesium, and a good source of zinc, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin B1, B2 and B3.
Let’s break it down.
Plant-based protein has far fewer calories and non of the unhealthy fats. Protein is important for good health as it supports muscle development, blood, connective tissue as well as essential antibodies and enzymes.
Dietary fiber is necessary for digestive health, helps us maintain normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and helps maintain optimum body weight.
Omega 3,6,9 are polyunsaturated & monounsaturated fatty acids essential to good health. They support our blood, maintain fluidity of cell membranes, and assist in the production of prostaglandin.These are good fats.
Manganese supports the thyroid, keeps bones strong, and maintains the health of nerves.
Magnesium relaxes nerves and muscles, builds and strengthens bones, and keeps blood circulating smoothly.
So there you have it. Chia seeds are perfectly suited for the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Here is a delicious recipe for Chia Breakfast Pudding that the whole family can enjoy, will provide everything you need to start the day, and is ridiculously easy to prepare.
Other ways to add chia seeds into your morning routine:
*add 1 Tbsp to your morning smoothie before blending
*sprinkle 1 Tsp on whole grain cereal then add nut milk
*add chia seeds to your baking i.e. muffins, breads
How do you like to use chia seeds?
Please share your ideas.