It is often tempting to keep eating the same foods day in day out; toast for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner. These sorts of foods are familiar and often pretty easy to prepare, but you do run the risk of limiting yourself to a narrow range of nutrients. In the interest of mixing things up I am always trying to add in new ingredients and today I am using chia seeds.
Chia seeds are a great source of healthy polyunsaturated fats and fibre, and make for a pretty filling accompaniment to fruit. This morning I had a chia seed pudding with fresh berries, nuts and seeds (and a hard-boiled egg on the side) – if this doesn’t keep me going until lunch time I don’t know what will!
This breakfast requires a little preparation as the chia seed pudding ideally needs to be made the night before, in order that it has time to soak.
For the pudding you will need:
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy is fine)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp honey (optional – You can add honey for additional sweetness, but for anyone who is sensitive to sugar, or trying to lose weight it may be better to do without. Honey may be natural, but it is still just essentially another form of sugar)
Combine all the ingredients in either a bowl or glass jar, cover and leave in the fridge overnight to soak. When you are ready to eat, serve with fruit, nuts and seeds.