As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, chia is still a novelty ingredient for me, and I am fascinated by it! It is almost difficult to believe that so much goodness can hide in such tiny seeds.
Dietary fibre is one of them, and since 34% of chia is dietary fibre, it makes it one of the best sources in the world.
All types of plant food include dietary fibre – components that our body cannot absorb or digest, so they go through our digestive system almost intact.
And what it means to us, is that high fibre food, in general, has fewer calories for the same volume as other types of food. This obviously helps maintain a healthy weight.
Based on dissolving (or not) in water, there are 2 types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Chia seeds are an excellent source of soluble fibre which is very beneficial to us because:
Adults should daily consume 20-35g of dietary fibre. If we consider having recommended 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (25-30g) per day, that tiny amount will provide us with approx. 40% of recommended daily intake of fibre in one go!
Since chia is so beneficial to our health then why not start a day with a delicious Chia Pudding for breakfast? And when you find out how easy it is to prepare, you will be making it a few times per week, I am sure!
You will basically have to put the chia seeds into a small bowl with the almond milk, stir well with a fork and put in a fridge for min. 1.5 hours. If possible, stir it again after 15 min.
You could also prepare this Chia Pudding in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight. Then, in the morning you will only have to stir in the cacao and maple syrup and add the mashed raspberries.
Or, to make it even easier, you can do all of it in the evening. And in the morning only take your Chia Pudding out from the fridge and enjoy it because it is so delicious!
In truth is so good, you could also serve it as a dessert.