It is very frustrating when great health foods hit the market and are quickly bashed by the press and even labelled as being useless to our health and wellbeing. Whilst no health foods claim to be miracle cures their benefits do help those of us looking for a healthier lifestyle.
Chia seeds are one such product, packing a big protein punch and providing us with three fatty acids alongside calcium and fibre. They actually contain more potassium than bananas, more antioxidants that blueberries and more iron than spinach. They also naturally hold water so they make you feel fuller longer as well ask being extremely gentle on the tummy. They can be sprinkled on salads and lightly toasted with granola but most also make a wonderful alternative to oats for a super healthy porridge, fantastic for those going gluten free.
We mix them with almond milk but it really could be any milk that you enjoy or even fresh fruit juice. Leave to soak in the fridge for an hour or more, overnight if you prefer, and add to it anything you like to have with porridge. Here I have added fruit and honey but you can also mix with yoghurt, add any dried fruits or mix with granola. Straight from the fridge it is a great cooling Summer porridge, the trainsformation from dry seed to thick porridge is amazing! Kids love it.