Acai Berry Chia Seed Pudding
Not only is this a super quick dessert to throw together, but it also packs a huge Omega-3 and antioxidant punch! The Omega-3 family includes polyunsaturated essential fatty acids that we need to get from our diet as our bodies cannot produce them. They are used in our body for cell membrane building and repairing so without enough of them, our cell structures can start to degenerate! There are also a lot more areas of the body EFAs help with as shown below:
Easy sources of EFAs to incorporate in our day-to-day diet:
- Seeds - flax, chia, pumpkin, hemp
- Wild oily fish - salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, anchovies
- Algae - spirulina, chlorella (available at The Perrymount Clinic)
- Oil from fish - high quality fish or krill oil supplements but not fish liver oil (available at The Perrymount Clinic)
The word chia means "strength" in the mayan language. Chia seed benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of ageing, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles and more (1). They are high in fibre, protein, good fats, and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus (2). Chia seed pudding is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get more EFAs in our diet and kids love it to! But don't just save it for dessert, you can also change up the ingredients to whip up a quick breakfast the night before or as a snack in that packed lunch (remember to swap out the nut milk for a nut-free option here).
It's important to note that chia seeds can soak up 12 times it's weight of liquid and in this recipe we are soaking them. However, you can eat them unsoaked or grind them up but just remember to increase your water intake for the day to compensate (3).
Why Acai Berry? The Acai Berry is well known to have a high content of antioxidants. These antioxidants go around your body and essentially help to escort the free radicals (the baddies) out of your body. Acai Berries also help with boosting your immune system, improving digestion, heart health and anti-inflammatory.
Acai Berry Chia Seed Pudding
- 350ml nut or seed milk, water, or organic whole milk
- 4 Tablespoons of chia seeds
- 3 Tablespoons acai berry powder
- 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- berries, nuts, seeds, bee pollen for topping
I combine all of my ingredients except the toppings in a clean, lidded jam jar and shake until mixed. Place the jar in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight. When ready to eat, you can either add your toppings straight to the jar or spoon into a bowl, top and eat! You can also serve it with fermented or cultured dairy such as Kefir or yogurt for your breakfast topped with berries, nuts, & seeds.
Experiment with other ingredients such as raw cacao, pureed or sliced fruits, matcha powder, or anything else you can think of!