As I have mentioned before, breakfast can be one of the harder meals to add variety to when switching over to Paleo. Western diets have taught us to think of breakfast as cereal, toast, porridge and eggs on the weekend.
Shifting from that thought pattern is one of the hardest things I faced to begin with, but once I did, breakfast offered a whole lot more variety.
Here is one of my simple and favourite ‘cereal style’ breakfast recipes. Its so simple to make, I put mine together before I went off to the gym early this morning, but you can also do it the night before.
Banana & Coconut Chia Pudding (serves 4)
1 cup chia seeds
1 x 400ml tin coconut milk
2 drops vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
Place the banana into the Thermomix bowl and mix for 4 seconds on speed 4.
Then add the chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla extract and water to the TM bowl. Mix together for 5 seconds on speed 5.
Let it set for 15 minutes, it will become quite firm. You can let it set in the fridge if you prefer it cooler. It also can be prepared the night before, but cover each bowl to prevent the top from drying out.
When ready to eat, top with extra chopped banana, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!
*You can swap the toppings around, I personally love berries.
This is also a lovely dessert option by adding some cacao powder and Enjoy Life choc bits. Why not make up small tubs of it for the lunch box. My kids love it and you can just put a drizzle of raw honey on.
Why eat chia seeds?
Apart from the obvious…they are delicious! Chia seeds have many nutritional benefits. They are loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
They are one of the highest plant based sources of Omega 3. In fact they have roughly 8 times more Omega 3 than salmon. Omega 3 is great for the heart and brain. They are also low carb and suitable for diabetics.
They are high in protein, calcium, vitamin C, iron and potassium. In fact these fab little seeds have more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than oranges, more iron than spinach and more potassium than a banana.
Suffering from an intolerance? Chia seeds are gluten free and can be used to replace eggs in your baking, by forming a gel-like paste with water. They soak up liquid easily and form a jelly like coating around the centre of the seed, which makes them very easy to eat.
They are also high in fibre, which is great for your digestion, keeps you feeling fuller for longer, and helps to keep you regular. Make sure you are drinking enough water though if you are eating them regularly, as they can bind you up if not.
Not only do they make a great cereal and pudding option, but you can use them in many ways, adding lots of goodness to your diet. Sprinkle them on your next shake or smoothie! You don’t need lots to enjoy the benefits.