Happy New Year!
2017 is here! In numerology, 2017 is a "1" year, which represents new beginnings, learning, and growth. It is a time to plant the seeds for your best you and watch yourself flourish over the next nine years (and beyond!). That whole "new year, new you" thing? There couldn't be a better time for it!
Speaking of seeds, a super simple way to boost your meal's nutrition content is to add seeds! Seeds provide healthy fats, fiber, and protein, and are so easy to add to meals: many times you can just toss them in! While I love a variety of seeds: flax, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, my absolute favorite seeds are chia seeds. Literally meaning "strength" in the Mayan language and referred to as "runner's food," chia seeds are superfood powerhouses. They are a complete protein and contain antioxidants, amino acids, omega 3s, omega 6s, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, and fiber. All of this is great for absorption, digestion, and bone health.
Chia seeds are also just super cool because they are hydrophilic, meaning that they readily absorb water (up to ten times their weight)! When soaked, they swell into a gel-like material that makes them more digestible. This helps to hydrate you, fill you up, and keep you full.
One of my favorite way to add chia seeds to my diet is actually one of my favorite breakfasts. It's fast, doesn't involve many ingredients, it's energizing, very filling, and it's delicious: chia pudding.
Easy Energizing Chia Pudding
Serves 2 // Vegan, Gluten- Free
- 1 Can Full-Fat Coconut Milk
- Big Handful of your Favorite Fruit (I used Blueberries)
- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
- Splash of Pure Vanilla Extract
- Toppings: Extra Fruit, a few shakes of Cinnamon, Hemp Seeds, Cacao Nibs, Superfood Powders (I love adding a spoonful of Lucuma Powder*), drizzle of Grade A Organic Maple Syrup
1. Add the coconut milk, fruit, and vanilla to a high-speed blender and blend to smooth.
2. Pour the coconut milk mixture into a bowl or large mason jar and stir in chia seeds.
3. Chill for as little as :30 or as long as overnight.
4. Top or stir-in any extras and enjoy!
*Lucuma Powder is a "beauty food" that is naturally sweet (it's made from Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder), but low on the Glycemic index. It is anti-inflammatory, contains many minerals and nutrients, and is a tissue regenerator. It's an incredible sugar substitute if you're looking for a little sweetness.