Thursday, September 4, 2014

A No Cook, Healthy Breakfast: Chia-Soy Pudding

Have you been looking for a tasty, yet healthy alternative to the regular breakfast items like cereal, oats, idly etc? I present to you the Chia Seeds. Grown in parts of South America, these seeds can be called a super food. A big trend among raw food enthusiasts, chia seeds are an excellent source of mega fatty acids, which are essential for our body. Click here to learn  more about the health benefits and side effects of chia seeds. 
To be honest, the first time I had chia seeds, I wasn't a big fan. I think it was the gelatinous texture that didn't win my vote. But I happened to have it for breakfast last week, and loved it. What was more surprising? My husband loved it too. He was all for having chia seeds for breakfast everyday and why would I say no? 
We have been struggling to get out of the rut of eating typical Indian foods in the morning and this seemed like the right option. Trust me, I have nothing against idlys and dosas but it is a fact that our food is loaded with carbs. which is something we should try and avoid having an excess of.  I know that habits can’t be changed overnight, so maybe we’ll alternate chia seeds and regular foods for a while before switching over completely.
The most attractive feature of these seeds is that there is no cooking involved; all they needs is a little bit of soaking time. The best thing would be to soak it in water and milk (regular/soy) overnight to enjoy in the morning. If not, please soak it for at least 45 minutes-an hour before consumption.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
Chia seeds – 3 tbsps
Water – ½ cup
Soy milk – ½- ¾ cup
Fruits of your choice
Place the chia seeds in a bowl or large mug, pour water and milk, and allow to soak overnight or at least for 45 minutes. As the seeds soak, they expand and form a gelatinous mixture. Meanwhile, chop the fruits and keep ready. Today I used half a mango, half a plum, and a small apple. You could of course add whatever is available at home. Nuts can be added for an extra crunch.
After 45 minutes, the chia seeds would have expanded and increased in quantity. Mix in the fruits and enjoy a filling breakfast. Bon App├ętit.  
Enjoy a carb-free, protein-rich breakfast in a bowl or glass

Note: We bought the chia seeds from here.

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