Chia seeds, in my opinion, are amazing! The are so easy to prepare in advance for a fast breakfast or an easy snack. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids (protective for your heart) and also a good source of b vitamins, calcuim, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Evidence for specific health benefits isn’t conclusive, however with around 40% carbohydrates (34% fibre), 30% fat (largely polyunsaturated) and 20% protein, they make a well balanced energy snack.

People tend to highlight the phytate content of chia seeds as the “anti-nutrient” that renders all these other lovely nutrients unavailable to our body. It is true that phytates bind to minerals making them unavailable for our bodies to absorb, however this doesn’t make it an unhealthy option. I would happily recommend these as part of a balanced diet. Around 2 tbsp/day for an adult is fine.

  • Vegan
  • Low calorie
  • Omega 3
  • Paleo

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp chia seeds
  • 250ml coconut milk (or use any milk you like)
  • 1 tbsp coconut chips
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 3 dried mango strips, chopped up

Method

Serves 1

  1. Place all ingredients together in a glass jar and stir for 1 minute until it begins to thicken.
  2. Cover the jar, then allow it to soak overnight in the fridge.