Boost heart health and digestive health at the same time
(Adriene Rathbun The Wichita Eagle) I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. Besides being allergic to everything most people eat for breakfast, it’s just not my meal.
Brunching is actually one of my favorite weekend activities. A good brunch buffet is worth not eating for the rest of the day.
Since brunching isn’t a daily option for both my waistline or my checkbook, I usually make a smoothie for breakfast with a scoop of protein or eat chia seed pudding.
Chia seeds were originally grown in Mexico and known for their medicinal and nutritional value.
They’re packed with omega 3 fatty-acids, dietary fiber, calcium and protein.
That’s enough for me to want to eat them, and in this pudding, they have a slight crunch. I love any food with a crunch.
The reasons to eat chia seeds are plentiful. They’re said to reduce aging, are high in antioxidants, are great for your digestive health, are heart-healthy, help reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure, help treat diabetes, boost energy and metabolism, strengthen bones, build muscle and help you lose weight. And they’re delicious, too.
Think of tapioca pudding, except you can see the seeds. If you prefer things sweeter, add maple syrup. You can also use liquid Stevia if you are watching your sugar intake.
Also, feel free to use a different milk if you prefer one over coconut. I’m crazy about So Delicious brand unsweetened vanilla coconut milk. I use it in this pudding, smoothies and on my granola. READ THE FULL POST AT THELEDGER.COM