Friday, 6 July 2012

Chia up?

My current favourite seed of wonder may grace your sweet hankerings with a never-ending tale of goodness and nutrition... sounds like a fairy tale? It sure tastes like one! Enjoyed with an Iced Chai tea, one cannot help but surrender to the moment!

This potent blend of aromas and spices, bring a magical moment with meaning. It is a tapioca like dessert and on a warm summer's day will cool you and sweeten you joyfully. Not to everyone’s taste, though the body will smile, without question.

I love the feeling of being invigorated and enlightened, by introducing this kind of treat to your table, you really will feel better.

Take note, food isn’t a place to hide feelings, it’s a place to celebrate them. At it’s most basic level, it is our fuel, taken to another level, it is something else altogether, it is a medium to bring minds and hearts together, to celebrate the freshness of life.

Choose balance,
Choose bliss,
Choose whole foods,
Choose harmony,
Choose courage,
Choose intuition over advice,
Choose truth,
Choose trust,
Be love!

In the gentle summer breeze all the above ring crystal clear, we only need to take a step out of our daily routines and tune into that most quiet and meditative of places, to listen to our hearts and connect to our reason for being.

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. - Epicurus

We are shaped by our experiences, in the same way we are shaped by our diets, literally. This does not mean to say we should sit back and satiate, no compadres, stand tall, shoulders back and engage. 

Each moment matters.

Treat yourself in the simplest of ways by making this luscious ambrosia, and enjoying freshness and freedom. The sweetness comes from the medjool dates and with the combination of spices, enigmas spring into each mouthful! I make my own almond milk; it’s joyfully easy to do, though equally you may find it in the shop.

The low-down on Chia seeds…

My recent raw adventures helped these land in my nest! They’re raw, gluten-free and vegan seeds. Bursting with minerals, omega 3, antioxidants, they are a complete source of protein and a week after first trying them, my skin, my body, my mind all FEEL better! Bold statement, though true.
It may also be used as a natural thickener for soups and stews, as an egg substitute, or simply add to yogurt, porridge or smoothies.

5 reasons why Chia is good for you too!


Five times the amount of calcium in milk, with a boost of boron  that  helps one absorb it.
Three times the amount of antioxidants in blueberries.
Three times the amount of iron in spinach.
Two times the amount of protein, than any other bean, seed or grain.
Two times the amount off potassium in a banana.

By adding chia seeds to your diet, you will be increasing both your energy levels and endurance (great for yogis and pilate's bunnies!). They also help your body rejuvenate and rebuild muscle after exercise and during and post pregnancy.

Summer is here and it is raining! 

We breathe and love!

Lots of it!

Always!

FFX

Cheery Chia Delight


SERVES 6

Chia seeds, 70g
Almond milk, 200ml
Medjool dates, 5 pitted
Vanilla extract, 1 tsp
Cinnamon, ½ tsp
Ground Cloves, the tiniest of pinches
Freshly ground Nutmeg, the tiniest of pinches
Ground ginger, the tiniest of pinches
Blueberries, a generous handful

BLEND all ingredients, except seeds, in a blender.
WHIZZ until smooth.
STIR liquid into chia seeds in a suitably sized bowl.
COVER and leave to chill and churn into glorious pudding delight for roughly 2 hours, overnight is best.
SERVE with a scattering of blueberries.
DELIGHTFUL!

4 comments:

  1. Looks great Sinéad. Since Siobhán, Bridie and myself have gone gluten free this will be the ticket,

    Love to all in London Town,,
    Pierce

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    1. Thank you Aunt Kate! This is a pudding of dreams. It has a lovely creamy texture that defies how healthy it is!! A perfect addition to a gluten-free meal or any meal for that matter.

      All is well in London Town: ) Be it a bit drizzley with heavy clouds!

      Love to you all in the WIld West: ) xxx

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    2. Sinead,very impressive presentations.Seamus.

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    3. Thank you Seamo! Definitely give this one a try! I think you'll like it: ) FFX

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