Shamrock Coconut-Chia Pudding

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I created this recipe in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  They have those Shamrock Shakes in season at McDonald’s this time of the year, which are kind of minty.  I think.  It’s been a while.  I had been looking at the unusually large bag of chia seeds which have been in my refrigerator for about a year, found myself with some ultra delicious full-fat canned coconut milk and voilà, recipe magic.

The green tint in this recipe comes this liquid chlorophyll which happens to be nature’s perfect green food coloring.  I feel like it is a job well done when a serving of vegetables is included in an otherwise “eh” meal.  The greener the better.  Chlorophyll has a ton of health benefits.  It assists the liver in detoxification, binds to heavy metals and other toxins to remove them from the body, is anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial and anti-fungal.   It is also beneficial for healing the gut and is an antioxidant, which means it protects against disease.  Suffice to say I am pleased to add a little chlorophyll to my children’s diet.

I’ve been loosely attempting to do a Whole 30 diet the past few weeks.  After a miscarriage, my diet and hormones were out of whack and I needed a clean-up, pronto.  I ended up going to Whole Foods and leaving with $30 worth of full-fat canned coconut milk.  Not the gray tinged gross Thai Kitchen kind, but the delicious, sweet and creamy amazing kind, like Native Forest.  I think I may be able to eat the whole can with a spoon, before I fall into a coma of healthy-fat overdose.  I realize that a lot of us are still programmed to fear the word “fat.”  I have done a lot of experimenting with diet in the last few years and I can assure you, healthy fats are our friends.  Unless you overdo it, dietary fat will not turn into bodily fat.  Studies have shown that healthy fats actually help burn stored fat!  It provides more energy per calorie than protein or carbs.  Give me fat over bread any day, please!

Benefits of a high fat diet include:

  • Better nutrient absorption.  The body needs fats to absorb vitamins.
  • Reduction in cravings because it is satiating, making it less hard to over eat.
  • Improves skin, eye and brain health.

Did you know that cholesterol is needed for proper brain and nerve function?  Many purport the increase in Dementia and Alzheimer’s is due to the popularity of a low-fat diet over the last few decades.  Eat your healthy fats!!!

As I mentioned earlier, this recipe also contains chia seeds.  When mixed with liquid, the soluble fiber in the chia seeds creates a gel-like mixture.  It reminds me a little of tapioca pudding. Chia seeds are a source of many vitamins and minerals including calcium, zinc and potassium, to name a few.  They are a strong antioxidant, can reduce inflammation and are a great source of protein.

All of the ingredients in this treat are super awesome, so indulge without guilt.  Let me know how you like it!

Try this healthy, minty, creamy and delicious treat today!

 


 

Shamrock Coconut-Chia Pudding – Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can full-fat Native Forest coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon liquid chlorophyll
  • 1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Refrigerate for 12 hours, allowing chia seeds time to absorb liquid.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22038065

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14690798

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25650669

http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

http://draxe.com/chia-seeds-benefits-side-effects/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/409614-the-health-benefits-of-coconut-milk/

http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/family-nutrition/facts-about-fats/why-you-need-fats

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats-full-story/

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