Welcome to my first blog for The Whole Health Crew! The past few weeks have been busy ones for me with the opening of The Organic Food House in Rangiora and organising the building of the new Make it Raw kitchen – very exciting indeed. I had been trying to decide on my first recipe and worrying about when I would have time to perfect it when it occurred to me that I am not the only busy person around and maybe you will be interested to learn what has been keeping me nourished lately whilst taking minimal time to prepare.
The answer is chia seeds! Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse which are easy to prepare and boast a multitude of nutrients and health giving goodies.
Here is a list of reasons why everyone should be eating this wonder seed:
– They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to our health as our bodies are incapable of producing them on its own.
– Chia seeds are high in antioxidants which apart from being great for our bodies by mopping up free radicals, also means they have a long shelf life without deteriorating.
– Chia seeds are very high in fibre. Just 2 tablespoons of chia contain one third of our recommended daily intake of fibre, which makes them very beneficial for our digestive system.
– They are a great source of protein containing all 8 amino acids, making them a good choice for vegetarians and people who need to up their protein intake.
– On top of all that they are also high in iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and zinc.
This recipe takes very little time to prepare and the great thing is most of it is done the night before (my boyfriend isn’t a fan of me using my blender at 6am…). So with a little prep, mornings are a breeze and by using a jar, as I do, this makes a great transportable snack for later on in the morning.
Super Breakfast Jar
2T pumpkin seeds
2 Brazil nuts
3T chia seeds
2T coconut milk
1T cacao (optional)
1T maca (optional) (a super-food root that grows in the Andes, watch out for more information in the coming posts)
1. Start by soaking your pumpkin seeds during the day in a little bowl of water.
2. Before you go to bed, rinse the seeds and blend them in a blender/magic bullet until as blended as much as they can be.
3. Pour into your jar, add the rest of the ingredients, put the lid on and give it a good shake.
4. Give it a little shake to separate the chia seeds another couple of times or until the seeds stop clumping together.
5. Now pop it in the fridge to set over night.
6. In the morning you can top it with whatever you have on hand; my current favourite is chopped apricots, grawnola and fresh passion fruit.
Optional toppings could include:
– banana, pinapple, berries, orange, figs or any seasonal fruit
– grawnola or buckinis (activated and dehydrated crunchy buckwheat)
– dried fruit
I hope you enjoy this breakfast jar and good luck with those busy mornings!