There is a big hype about super foods at the moment, well I am lying there has always been! But the market is growing, brands are competing and people are on an endless mission to uncovering that big fat secret of eternal HEALTH.
I am going to guide you through the properties and benefits of the hyped super-foods on the market today, along with a user-friendly yummy recipe to go along. But I also want to take you on a journey on my personal favorites that are readily available and wont break the bank. My big belief is that health should not cost much, be easy and quick. So with those three selling points lets start this series of the hyped up Super-foods and work our way down to my favorites!
Lets start off with Chia Seeds.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant salvia hispanica which is related to the mint. This plant grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. They prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy in fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength. Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognised as a modern day superfood. In the past few years, they have exploded in popularity and are now consumed by health conscious people all over the world.
To sum it up, despite their tiny size, chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
At the Olive Retreat we have a little hidden away station that we like to call “the poop station” this is where we serve little aids that help your body along to get rid of nasties. Chia seeds are particularly good and are amongst the ingredients!
Enough about that, here is a super easy, tasty, Chia recipe.
Overnight CHIA Pudding Makes 1-2 portions
- 2 tbs of Chia seeds
- 200 grams of almond milk (click my version)
- Pinch of vanilla bean (I like to use the powder, the real powder its supposed to be brown – the seeds themselves NOT THE WHITE STUFF)
- Pinch of Morning spice mix (recipe)
- 1 tbs Organic Raisins – non-sweetened
Chop up fruits of the season OR I love raspberries or blueberries
- In a small mixing bowl add all of your ingredients and mix well. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes and mix again. By this stage you will see that the seeds have started jellifying. That’s when you can put them in a jar or glass and stick in the fridge over night. The reason I ask that you pre-mix in a bowl is so that they jellify evenly and don’t just end up in the bottom of your jar/glass.
- In the morning you will see that those tiny seeds have soaked up all of that almond goodness are plump and ready to eat.
- Top off with your favorite fruit, arrange nicely, you deserve to have a beautiful breakfast. Remember we eat with our eyes first.