Chia&Goji Pudding

6 Jun

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Why not to start you day with a fresh and delicious pudding?!

chia pudding 1I tried this recipe firstly because the seeds have tremendous nutritional value and medicinal properties.

[…]For centuries this tiny little seed was used as a staple food by the Indians of the south west and Mexico. Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs. It was said the Aztec warriors subsisted on the Chia seed during the conquests. The Indians of the south west would eat as little as a teaspoon full when going on a 24hr. forced march. Indians running form the Colorado River to the California coast to trade turquoise for seashells would only bring the Chia seed for their nourishment. If you try missing a spoonful of Chia in a glass of water and leaving it for approximately 30 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia. Research believe this same gel-forming phenomenon takes place in the stomach when food containing these gummy fibers, known as mucilages, are eaten. The gel that is formed in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. In addition to the obvious benefits for diabetics, this slowing in the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar offers the ability for creating endurance. Carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in our bodies. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic changes, diminishing the surges of highs and lows creating a longer duration in their fueling effects […]
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Secondly because I was thinking that was a funny way to eat this seeds combined with Goji Berries that are rich in nutrients. Some studies using goji berry juice found possible benefits in mental well-being andcalmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of goodhealth. But those were preliminary studies that need to be repeated before drawingconclusions. All berries are good for you. It’s not clear if goji berries are better thanother types of berries, or if goji berry supplements have the same health benefits asthe actual berries.

Recipe (vegan, gluten free, fat low, raw):
1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk ( try also rice milk)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably grade B), plus 4 teaspoons for serving
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 pint Goji berries

In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla  until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with the remaining 4 teaspoons maple syrup. Mix in the almonds. Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses; mound the berry mixture on top and serve.

chia pudding

Enjoy it!



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