If you follow my instagram, you will already know that I’m brekkie obsessed. I eat breakfast twice (hobbit style) and it is usually one of three things: avo toast (seriously the way to my heart), soaked oats, or chia pudding. When I was a kid and I would water my Scooby Doo Chia Pet, never in a million years did I think that one day I would not only be eating those sprouting little seeds daily, but CRAVING them as well.
Chia is a superfood staple in my plant-based pantry. So whats the deal with it and what makes it a superfood? Glad you asked. (Well, you didn’t ask. I did. But I know you were thinking that so I read your mind #superpower #superfood). Chia Seed is an ancient seed that has been cultivated and used for thousands of years in Latin American countries. It is extremely rich in dietary fiber, is a tremendous source of plant-based protein, and contains a healthy balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6. Chia is high in anti-oxidants which help reduce free radical activity (#fountainofyouth) and because it absorbs up to 10x its weight in water, taking chia prior to a workout can help prolong hydration and boost metabolism. The best way for the body to absorb the vital nutrients and minerals of chia is to soak them first, which is why chia seed pudding is just so easy to do and so good for you!
Cool. You’re convinced. Now lets talk turmeric.
Mmmmm…. turmeric. Hands down this has to be one of the most generous offerings nature has given us in terms of providing intense health benefits. Yay Earth! Thanks (fist bump). Thousands of peer reviewed studies have been performed on the medicinal effects of turmeric and it has long been concluded that it is indeed a potent anti-inflammatory. Recognized primarily for its deep, yellowish orange hue, turmeric has a mild, ginger meets pepper flavor profile. It contains powerful anti-oxidant properties and recent studies reveal that it may be beneficial in treating depression. It can be eaten raw, cooked and in ground form. Try incorporating turmeric into your smoothies, or juices or weekly meal routine. Your body will thank you.
Now this brekkie bowl… It’s easy peeazy and can be made ahead. I choose not to add additional sweetener but a bit of maple would compliment this in a lovely way.
Happy Eating and Enjoy the Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!
- 3 tablespoons chia seed
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or dairy free milk of your choice)
- 1 " piece of turmeric grated
- 1/2" piece of ginger grated
- (optional - up to 1 tbs maple syrup)
- 1 tsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- yummy fresh organic tropical fruit
- In a container, combine chia with the milk and stir.
- Revisit a minute later, add the turmeric and ginger (and optional syrup) and stir again.
- Allow to soak for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
- Top and enjoy!