A breakfast dessert that is not only incredibly tangy and refreshing but also high in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
Each serving provides the following grams of plant-based protein:
4.5 grams from chia seeds
4.6 grams from coconut milk
4.5 grams from cashew nuts
(Nutrition Data Self, 2014).
What’s great about this breakfast is that you obtain all 9 essential amino acids just from the chia seeds alone. There are not many plants-based foods that can provide all 9 in just 1 food. This is something that vegans can sometimes struggle to obtain unless they build all 9 into a meal by combining foods. Therefore, this makes this a nutritious dish and easy and delicious way to obtain all 9 essential amino acids (something we require for optimal bodily function).
1/2 cup (60g) cashew nuts, soaked in filtered water overnight or for a minimum of 2 hours, then drained.
1/2 cup coconut milk (from a tin)
Juice of 3 limes
1/2 lime zest
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4-1/2 tsp matcha powder (optional - for colouring and extra antioxidants)
Place all of the chia pudding ingredients into a bowl and stir fast with a fork for 1 minute. The chia seeds should to start to thicken up with the liquids whilst you stir. Leave in the fridge for a total of 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the lime pudding ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Once your chia pudding has had time to set in the fridge, smooth the chia pudding layer evenly into two glasses and then layer the lime pudding mixture on top. Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to set.
For the final touches, take a lime and grate the zest on top of the puddings. Then cut two thin slices to dress each glass.
Nutrition Data Self. (2014). Available at: http://nutritiondata.self.com (Accessed: 4 March 2018).
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