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Chia up, it’s a beautiful day!

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Mornin’, do you wanna pet my chia?

The chia seed may look unassuming, but it grows to over twice its size when soaked in water and it packs an incredible amount of nutrition into its tiny package. Chia possess established athletic benefits and consuming a single tablespoon of chia seeds a day will help your body utilize the food you consume more efficiently.

Chia Seeds contain all eight essential amino acids and a host of trace minerals and micro-nutrients. To put it in easy comparative terms, each 2 tbsp serving of chia offers:

  • Five times the omega-3 content of a 1/4-cup serving of walnuts
  • Twice the iron and magnesium of a cup of spinach
  • As much potassium as a third of a banana
  • More than twice the fiber of a cup of oatmeal

Chia seeds are extremely absorbent, and slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, meaning your body will be fueled for longer periods of time. This slow carbohydrate conversion also stabilizes blood sugars, meaning you can kiss bonking goodbye.

Nutritional Highlights

Chia Seeds – A naturally gluten-free grain, chia is high in muscle-building protein, skin-repairing antioxidants and healthy blood-sugar levelling fibre.

Flax Seeds – Contain a large amount of recovery-enhancing manganese, inflammation-reducing Omega-3 and energy-boosting Magnesium.

Walnuts – Full of healthy fat, Walnuts have Bone-strengthening ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid), blood flow improving amino acids, disease-fighting Vitamin-E and free-radical fighting manganese and copper.

Banana– Bananas are high in heart rate and blood pressure stabilizing potassium. Rich in antioxidants, which can provide protection from free radicals (not the tubular kind of radical.)

Cashew Milk – Rich in minerals like: zinc, phosphorus, iron, manganese, magnesium and copper. No one will cacha-you when you get a dose of this goodness before your sport.

Almond Butter – Full of muscle-repairing protein, energy-boosting Riboflavin and Vitamin B2, free radical fighting antioxidants and blood sugar and blood pressure stabilizing magnesium.

Coconut Flakes – Along with adding a great texture, Coconut flakes have healthy muscle and tissue promoting protein, fatigue combating iron and immune-system enhancing zinc.

Cacao Nibs – Cacao can improve heart health, cholesterol, stress levels, and inflammation. With recovery enhancing manganese, bone-strengthening minerals and mood boosting flavonols. Read more on Cacao Nib Benefits

Chia up, it's a beautiful day!

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Serves: 1 Cooking Time: 8min

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 banana, slices
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs, raw
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shaved coconut flakes
  • 1/8 c walnuts
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk unsweetened (or almond, soy or coconut milk)

Instructions

1

Stir together the cashew milk, chia & flax seeds in a bowl.

2

Make some coffee or stand and stare at it for 5-10 minutes. ( This allows the seeds to plump and the mixture to thicken into a loose pudding.)

3

Add the banana, blueberry, shaved coconut and walnuts.

4

Drizzle the almond butter on top and sprinkle with cacao nibs.

Notes

You can add other things like bee pollen 🙂

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