Strawberries + Cream Chia Pudding
By Teresa Cutter
What's great about it
Reinvent your breakfast and enjoy my purely delicious super-healthy strawberries + cream chia pudding that will keep your body nourished and sustained all morning ! I can't leave the house without a good breakfast to kickstart the day and that means I need to eat a breakfast with a nutritional boost of healthy fats, good carbs and protein and without refined sugar, wheat, gluten or dairy. My power packed recipe will work wonders for your body - it will keep you as regular as clockwork, feed your skin with essential nutrients it craves and make you feel revitalised !
Chia is rich in plant based omega 3 that can nourish your body in every way. Healthy skin, immune system support, reduced inflammation and best of all digestive support as it's high in soluble fibre to keep you regular and prevent bloating.
Almonds are anti-inflammatory and are high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off free radicals. They are also a great source of potassium – a mineral necessary for nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles - which makes this a perfect breakfast if you're working out and keeping fit.
Strawberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C for synthesis of pure collagen - so you'll get firm glowing skin. Strawberries also have anti-inflammatory effects that may protect against cancer and other chronic diseases. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that adding strawberries to your meals slowed the insulin responses by delaying the absorption of sugars in the digestive tract. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that increases storage of fat, protein and glucose. It’s main effect in regard to fat is to block lipolysis (oxidation of fat).
Healthy Chef Protein is kind to your digestive system so it will keep you full and nourished without blowing you out like the traditional protein powders - so it will help support weight control and detox programs. For weight loss programs, the recommended daily protein intake is between 80 - 120g of protein per day to aid satiety and for tissue repair. To find out how much protein you need for your body - check out my PROTEIN CALCULATOR.
2 cups home made almond milk (see notes )
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons Healthy Chef Protein
500 g fresh strawberries
2 fresh pitted dates
handful raw or dry roasted almonds - chopped
Combine almond milk and Healthy Chef Protein into a shaker and mix well until combined and protein has dissolved into the milk.
Pour into a bowl and add the chia seed.
Whisk well until combined.
Rest for 2 minutes then mix through again a few times.
Rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes until it starts to thicken.
Blend half the strawberries with the 2 dates until they combine and form a lovely thick strawberry coulis.
Cut the rest of the 250 g strawberries in half and mix with the strawberry coulis.
Divide the chia pudding between 2 serving bowls.
Top the pudding with the lush strawberries.
Garnish with almonds and enjoy.
Notes + Inspiration
Coconut water or water can be used in place of the almond milk.
Use raspberries or blueberries to replace half the strawberries.
Divide into glass mason jars for a portable breakfast or snack on the run.