1. Chia Pudding
This is one of my favourite breakfasts and a really simple way you can introduce a daily dose of Chia Seeds into your diet!
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp Whole food Vitamin C Powder
1/3 cup frozen organic blueberries
Mix all ingredients into a large bowl or glass jar. Stir well and put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or over night so that the chia seeds absorb the liquid and become thick and gelatinous, like a pudding.
Optional: Add extra toppings like bee pollen, cinnamon, almond flakes.
Alternatives to coconut milk: almond, hazelnut or rice milk.
2. Crunchy Sweet Potato Wedges
2 sweet potatoes
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp himalayan salt
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges. Put chia seeds, coconut oil and salt in a bowl. Add potato wedges to the bowl and mix around so that they are coated with chia seeds. Put on an oven tray and in the oven at 180 C for 30 minutes.
3. Cacao Chia Smoothie
Great for breakfast or afternoon snack!
300ml filtered or spring water
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1/3 cup chia seeds (pre-soak in filtered water at least 30 minutes)
2 tsp raw honey
Optional: bee pollen, maca juice powder, spirulina or chlorella powder
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Ready to drink or refrigerate for later if you'd like it thicker.
4. Chia Brown Rice with Fried Egg
This meal can be enjoyed breakfast, lunch or dinner as a great source of fibre and protein, and is gluten free! Plus a great source of resistant starch!
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup organic brown rice (or your preferred rice, we love red rice)
2 free-range eggs
1/2 spring onion chopped
handful fresh coriander chopped
pinch salt & pepper
Cook rice and chia seeds in a rice cooker or over stove in 2 cups of water. If you cool the rice and refrigerate for up to 12 hours it will increase the concentration of resistant starch to help feed those "good gut bugs" in your digestive system!
Fry 2 eggs in coconut oil or poach in water. If the rice/chia mix has been refrigerated then you can heat up in a fry pan (this will not affect the resistant starch content). Serve eggs on top of rice with spring onions, fresh coriander, salt and pepper.
5. Chia Hommus with Thyme and Sun-dried Tomato
1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup plus 1/4 cup purified water
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
8 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 can chickpeas, drained or 2 cups of pre-soaked chickpeas
1/4 cup tahini
1½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
In a small bowl, whisk together the chia seeds, 3/4 cup water, and the lemon juice and let stand for about 20 minutes. Bring 1/4 cup water to a simmer. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a coffee mug or small heatproof bowl and add the hot water. Let stand for about 20 minutes. Place the lemon-chia gel, sun-dried tomatoes with water, chickpeas, tahini, thyme, garlic, and salt in a food processor or blender. Cover and puree. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Chill until ready to serve. To serve, spoon into a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
6. Pre or Post Workout Coconut Water & Chia Drink
This electrolyte-rich drink is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. Great for energy and hydration before or after exercise.
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Optional: 2 tablespoons fresh pineapple juice
Add chia seeds to coconut water and let sit for 15 minutes so that chia seeds can soften.
7. Berry Chia Seed Jam
Use as a topping on your favourite snack or dessert. We love it on our Cassava Pancakes!
3 cups frozen organic mixed berries
1/4 cup pure organic maple syrup, or to taste
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or powder
squeeze fresh lemon juice
Add frozen berries and maple syrup into a medium pot and bring to a simmer. After about 5 minutes, stir in chia seeds.
Continue to cook down the mixture for about 15 minutes, of until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours to thicken up even more.