07 Nov How to Pack More Protein and Fibre in a Dessert
Confession time –
I’ve a loooooong love affair with this red fruit.
Give me a punnet of strawberries, in fact any berries and you’ll make me very happy!
Give me the organic version, you’ll make me happier. And I’ll remember you as the strawberry santa. Hehe.
Guess it’s too early for Christmas, right?
Well, the thing is I didn’t even like strawberries initially.
Because the ones I’ve tried in Cameron Highlands were sour.
Until when I traveled to Australia many many years later, my cousin made a batch of strawberry-dipped chocolate.
OMG, so luscious and heavenly!
Even without the chocolates.
And it doesn’t stop there. Preview
I was also charmed by her other relatives – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
In fact, I learnt why they are oh-so charming!
They contain the highest amount of antioxidants called anthocyanins and are lower in sugar than many fruits.
What does that mean?
They don’t spike your sugar level like those chocolate cookies.
They fight off free radicals, which would otherwise go on to damage cellular DNA which could lead to transformation of healthy cells into damaged, inflamed and diseased cells.
We don’t want that, don’t we?
That’s why I’ve created today’s nutritional powerhouse recipe which includes chia seeds and it’s incredibly delicious!
So, if you’re wondering…
What’s good about eating chia?
Well, they are packed with fibre, Omega-3 and protein!
Fibre : With 5 grams fiber in 1 tablespoon, these little seeds perform wonderful smooth business transaction in the loo. I kid you not!
Omega-3 : Although chia has good source of Omega-3, however they are mostly in ALA (alpha linoeic acid) which needs to be converted into active forms EPA and DHA in order to become useful. Bad news is that the conversion in our body is very inefficient. So, if you’re looking for a vegan/vegetarian option of DHA and EPA, check out algae oil! I personally use this Nordic brand.
Protein : Good protein source for those who eat little or no meat products.
What’s there not to love?
Check out this fun recipe to load up on chia!
- Red layers
- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ cup of beetroot
- ½ cup of peeled, chopped mango
- Chia layers
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 drop of stevia liquid
- 2 drops of vanilla extract
- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- To make red layers
- Place strawberries, beetroot and mango in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- If the blend is too thick, add a splash of water.
- To make chia layers
- Place chia seeds and coconut milk in an airtight container. Mix well to combine.
- Allow mixture to soak for 30 minutes before serving, stirring occasionally as it thickens up. For best results, leave it overnight in the fridge.
- To serve
- Place the red mixture into a tall glass as the first layer, followed by the chia mixture.
- Repeat the steps.
- Garnish with strawberries at the top. That’s it!
Of course, you can mix it up with your favourite fruit.
Once you’ve a chance to make them, take a photo and tag me!