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If your family is one of those people who demands sweet in the morning for breakfast and you worry about their health issues as in what would happen if they eat sweet every day (thinking all sweets are bad) I have a recipe for you. This recipe contains all the good things in the world! It contains chia seeds, green tea, coconut milk, and for sweet… sugar would ruin all the healthy benefits of this recipe! If this is what you are thinking, you are wrong! To sweeten the recipe, we have honey. Sounds great right? Don’t worry if your family is not fond of honey, if you don’t make this recipe in front of them, they would never know that this recipe contains honey. Trust me. This recipe is really very healthy and even if you feed your family with it every day, for breakfast, you don’t have to fret about its ill effects on their health, because there are none. I call it chia chai custard (because I love tongue twisters) you can call it anything else you want, like green tea chai pudding if you are fond of fancy names! Anyhow, without taking much of your time, I will now take you through the ingredients and recipe.
3 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons green tea powder
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup lightly sweetened coconut shreds
Chopped mixed nuts and raisins to garnish.
In a large utensil put chia seeds and pour coconut milk over it. Stir it and let it rest for a half an hour.
Add green tea powder. Stir again.
Add the lightly sweetened coconut shreds and stir yet again.
Put on lid and store in refrigerator overnight.
Add honey in the morning and (yes, you guessed it right) stir again.
Stir again before serving.
Garnish with chopped mixed nuts, raisins and coconut shreds.
Health Benefits/Nutritional Value
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fats, dietary fiber, protein, calcium and minerals like manganese, magnesium and phosphorous.
Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is a Rich source of Vitamin C, E, B1, B2, B5, B6, and minerals including, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. Being lactose-free, can be consumed without any side effects by lactose intolerants.
Coconut Water: Coconut water contains electrolytes in huge amounts, like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium. It is isotonic to human plasma.
Green Tea: Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants. It helps to detoxify our body, boosts metabolism and aids in digestion. The antioxidants also fight free radicles thus reduce the signs of ageing.
Mixed nuts: Mixed nuts are protein rich, with a lot of vitamins and minerals, they do not contain any cholesterol, and are low in fat.
Raisins: Raisins contain high amount of potassium, phosphorus. They also provide the body with calcium and magnesium. and are natural sweetener.
Coconut flakes: Coconut flakes are rich in dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. They help to reduce liver cholesterol.
It is important to stir the chia seeds again and again because this prevents from forming chia seed lumps in the milk. So the more you stir, the better your recipe will be.
You can replace the coconut milk with almond milk, soy milk or even regular milk.
The coconut shreds can be of any shape and size. You can use freshly grated coconut, dry coconut or even coconut powder.
You can also mix green tea in coconut water and then add it to the coconut milk mixture.
You can use any other flavoured green tea as well.
Try making this recipe once, even your kids will have fun eating it. They will try to pull the slippery and gooey chia seeds through their teeth and enjoy eating every single spoon. The best part of this recipe is apart from being guilt free it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients. Now give me a reason not to make this for your family every day?
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