Chia Pudding + Matcha
Warm Chia Pudding and Matcha Latte
As much as I love smoothies and cold pressed juices, salads and a refreshing, cold chia pudding with fresh, raw fruits in Summer, when it comes to colder months my body doesn’t feel happy and in balance with the same recipes. Colder months call for more cooked foods and warm drinks with some extra good fat added and different herbs and spices. Not everybody is the same though. I have friends that drink room temperature water in July and my cousin water with ice in the heart of winter.
According to Ayurveda India’s ancient medicinal science, we are considered a microcosm of the macrocosm. What ever is going on in the universe affects our own bodies mentally, emotionally and physically. Ayuverda works with the 3 doshas, Vata: Air , Pitta: Fire, Kapha: Earth, with 2 of them more dominant in each one of us. I will not go in depth here but for the purpose of this recipe I will mention that I am Vatta-Pitta. For Vattas it is recommended to eat cooked, warm foods, more root vegetables and yes they can cook their fruits in colder months as their bodies absorb them easier. So since I love chia pudding I wanted to make a recipe for winter. If I eat it cold, I get cold, can’t focus or relax and simply I am not happy. So I warm it up and I add some cooked fruits.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I do, below you can learn more about the nutritional values. Feel free to have it for breakfast or afternoon snack with a cup of matcha or your favourite tea/coffee. Find more free recipes in my ebook Healthy Body or follow a well balanced 5 Day nutrition and yoga plan with Detox + Slim Plan.
Warm Chia Pudding with Caramelized Apples and Blueberries
For the Chia Pudding
1 cup nut or oat milk of your choice (I usually make mine fresh)
3-4 tbsps chia seeds
* I use almond milk in this recipe
In a glass jar with 1 cup of milk, I mix in the chia seeds. You can either let it overnight in the fridge or sometimes depends the chia seeds the pudding can be ready in 30 minutes. Keep an eye if you are trying this first time. Lately I got a new brand of chia seeds that I have to keep mixing for the first 20 minutes otherwise chia seeds go to the bottom and they don’t mix well.
For the Caramelized fruits
½ cup berries
In this recipe I use apples and blueberries. But feel free to be creative. I also like to combine pears with raspberries or blackberries or strawberries.
Wash your berries and wash slice your apple. In a saucepan add 1-2 tsps coconut oil or ghee butter. In a medium heat add the slices of apple when both sides are golden then add berries and let them all cook together for about 5 more minutes. Then bring the heat to low and add 1-2 tsps of agave nectar or other natural sweetener of your choice. Let them caramelize for another 2-3 minutes then remove them for the heat.
You can now add your chia pudding in your favourite bowl if it’s from the fridge you can warm it up for couple minutes in low heat. Add 1 or ½ cup of your favourite granola and then garnish with your caramelized fruits. Optional if you want you can add more sweetener like extra agave or maple/rice syrup to your chia bowl. Feel free to add more superfoods, sometimes I mix into the chia pudding extra superfoods like spirulina or acai. You can add to your bowl more raw nuts or almond butter for extra good fats and a rich meal that can keep you satisfied for hours until lunch.
Matcha Collagen Latte
I have two favourite brands of matcha green tea. One is from Organic Burst and my recent favourite from Vital Proteins a good quality matcha with collagen peptides and coconut water powder. Good quality matcha shouldn’t have strong smell and/or taste. Organic burst is only using the top 4 leaves of the plant for their matcha green tea.
For the Matcha Drink
1-2 scoops matcha
1-2 scoops of collagen peptides of your choice
1 cup boiled water
1-2 tsp good fat of your choice (MCT oil, coconut oil, brain octane oil, ghee butter)
1/3 cup nut or oat milk
Optional: Sweetener, usually I don’t add any because I love the rich flavor of matcha.
While water is boiling, I add matcha and collagen in a mug, when water is ready I add half cup in the mug and with an electric whisk I mix it until it gets frothy about 1 minute. Then I add the oil or butter the rest of the water and using the whisk once more for 30 seconds. Lastly I add the milk. Bonus: add some dried rose petals and/or lavender to your matcha and show yourself some love. They actually smell so good which makes the experience even more divine.
Chia Seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
Almond Milk: almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.
Matcha is packed with antioxidants, chlorophyll, fiber and phytochemicals. Boosts metabolism and burns calories.
Collagen, is the vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own and our diets today contain minimal collagen.
Ghee butter: ghee is clarified butter, a lactose and casein free, high-heat cooking oil with origins in ancient India. Since all of the milk solids have been removed, ghee is lactose free, making it a healthy option for those with dairy sensitivities. According to Ayurveda, ghee is the best oil for the human body. It stimulates digestion, aids the absorption of nutrients, and reduces inflammation, especially in the gut. Ghee lubricates joints, optimizes skin and eye health, and has an alkalizing effect on the entire body.