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Chia Pudding is Perfect for Breakfast and Desserts! Here Are Some Delicious and Easy Recipes For You To Try

Chia Pudding is Perfect for Breakfast and Desserts! Here Are Some Delicious and Easy Recipes For You To Try

Ever felt guilty while reaching for another rich dessert? Or struggled to find time to eat a healthy, tasty breakfast in the morning?

Yes?

Then you need to try Chia Pudding.

    This unusual pudding is made from chia seeds and a liquid of your choice. When added to water, the seeds form a gel, and the finished pudding resembles a mousse or yoghurt.

    It’s healthy, easy to prepare and can be customised to suit your tastes – so it’s not surprising that this little pudding is becoming extremely popular.

    Make chia pudding once, and we guarantee you’ll be hooked.

    5 Benefits of Eating Chia Seeds

    Wondering exactly what these weird sounding seeds are, and why you should be eating them?

    We’re here to let you know.

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    Chia seeds have loads of health benefits, and we’ve listed some of the most significant below.

    1. They’re low in calories.

    One ounce of chia seeds contains only 137 calories, making them an excellent choice if you’re looking to lose weight. Calorie for calorie, chia seeds contain many more nutrients than lots of other foods, so they’ll definitely be a better dessert choice than that bar of chocolate or slice of cake.

    2. They’re high in fibre.

    Chia seeds are high in fibre, which aids digestion and can help you to lose weight. If you struggle to get enough fibre in your diet, adding a handful of chia seeds to your breakfast is an easy way to get more.

    3. They contain plenty of antioxidants.

    Chia seeds have been found to contain lots of antioxidants, including quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin [1].

    Antioxidants can help slow and prevent cell damage, keeping your body functioning the way it should. Getting antioxidants from your diet is much more effective than taking supplements, so chia seeds are a great choice.

    4. They’re high in protein

    Chia seeds contain high amounts of protein, with only 2 tablespoons packing in a whole 4 grams of protein [2]. They’re a particularly goo d option if you don’t eat animal products and struggle to get enough protein from plant-based sources.

    5. They contain omega-3 fatty acids

    Chia seeds are high in omega-3, which is usually found in fish. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, eating chia seeds is an excellent way to stock up on the fatty acid that you might otherwise be lacking. Milled chia seeds are best when it comes to helping your body absorb omega-3.

    How to Make a Basic Chia Pudding

    Making chia pudding seriously could not be easier. Try out the super-basic recipe below.

    Ingredients

    3 cups of milk (any kind will do)

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    1/2 cup chia seeds

    1 tablespoon sweetener (try sugar, maple syrup or agave nectar)

    Method

    1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

    2. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours (or overnight if you’re making breakfast).

    3. Remove from the fridge and add toppings of your choice. You could try fruit, nuts and seeds)

    4. Enjoy!

    Top Ten Chia Pudding Recipes

    1. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

      Craving unhealthy peanut butter cups? Make this decadent-sounding chia pudding instead.

      2. Chia Pudding with Berry Layers

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        This berry-layered chia pudding is packed full of fruit, making it a wonderful summer breakfast option.

        3. Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding

          This chocolate orange chia pudding is really simple to make, but packs a big flavour punch. Try replacing chocolate orange with this healthy pud.

          4. Coffee Chia Pudding

            Ever wish you could turn your coffee into a healthy dessert? With this tasty pudding you can – it even includes a ‘frothy’ whipped cream top.

            5. Lemon Curd Chia Pudding

              The fresh, tangy flavours of lemon combine with creamy chia to make this vibrant dessert. Perfect for hot days.

              6. Matcha Chia Pudding

                If you like matcha green day, then this is the pudding for you. It’s packed full of nutrients and will have you feeling amazing.

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                7. Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding

                  If you like mint chocolate chip ice cream, you’ll love this pudding. All of the flavour of ice cream, with way more nutrients and nowhere near as many calories.

                  8. Apple Pie Chia Pudding

                    Perfect for autumn and winter, this apple pie chia pudding should bring up cozy childhood memories.

                    9. Strawberry Shortcake Chia Pudding

                      This fun, fresh pudding is ideal for kids – or anyone who loves strawberries. Serve in glass jars for the best effect.

                      10. Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding

                        With only 5 ingredients, this pudding is extremely easy to make, but looks decadent enough to serve at a dinner party. Use frozen raspberries for extra convenience.

                        Try chia pudding today, and you’ll never be stuck for a healthy breakfast or tasty dessert again.

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                        My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                        Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                        The Neural Knitwork Project

                        In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                        While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                        The knitting and neural connection

                        The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                        More mental health benefits from knitting

                        Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                        “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                        Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                        Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                        She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                        “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                        The dopamine effect on our happiness

                        Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                        There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                        “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                        If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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