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Night Before Chia & Pomegranate Pudding
Chia, is the ancient Myan word for strength, and was a food of the ancient Aztecs. These tiny little seeds are a rich source of omega 3’s, fibre, calcium, vitamins, minerals and are a complete protein. Being gluten free, they are suitable for people with coeliac’s disease or for those who prefer a grain free diet.
Just 2 Tbs a day can provide you with 10gms of fibre, and the all important bone minerals including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. These minerals will also assist in normalizing high blood pressure, and reduce the effects of other cardiovascular diseases such as high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome, by reducing triglycerides and blood glucose levels.
Whether you choose black or white chia is up to you as their nutritional properties are almost identical. Black chia seeds have been found to have slightly higher levels of antioxidants as compared to the white seeds. Mixing the 2 seeds will give you the full spectrum of health benefits associated with chia.
Add them to drinks, smoothies, as a crumb or coating, in your baking or mix them with milk to create a creamy pudding for breakfast or dessert.
An Alkaline diet high in plant based soluble and insoluble fibre will encourage healthy bowel evacuation and reduce symptoms of digestive discomfort.
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Hi Russ, great question. Most acid alkaline food charts will exclude some fruits and nuts as being more acidic due to the sugar content or based on the acidic ash left behind when tested for minerals and remnants. A healthy balanced nutritionally rich and dense food plan will include fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. Chia seeds are alkalising, full of protein, fibre and minerals along with essential fatty acids. They support the Alkaline’s design of the body by enhancing bowel clearance and providing essential minerals for pH balance. When doing an intense cleanse, you would focus more on greens, juices soups and smoothies, lots of water and green superfoods.
Great recipe Niki!
How do we balance pH levels balanced if some of the ingredients are acidic? I think the lies of peaches, chia seeds, walnuts, berries are acidic. Would this just be a healthy 20% acidic “day off” treat or have I missed something?
Perhaps not all foods eaten need to be alkaline. Cheers!