Friday, July 31, 2015

Overnight Berry Nutty Omega Porridge

I'm a breakfast fanatic.  Not forever.  It's really in the last few years I have embraced breakfast and its endless possibilities.

Why are your omega 3s so important?  Coming from both plant and animal sources, omega 3s actually influence genes to reduce cancer cell growth.  They benefit your heart health, regulate your cholesterol-triglyceride levels, help prevent disease, and aide in behavioral and mental health.  Interestingly, studies have found that supplementation with omega 3s have been more effective than placebo in the treatment of depression .  You can find out more benefits of omega 3s in this great article entitled, "Ultimate Guide to Omega-3s Benefits an Supplementation."

Mamas this is important for you.  Most women are deficient in omega 3s.  Because a mother's dietary intake and plasma concentrations of DHA (a form of omegas) directly influence the DHA level of the developing fetus, it is crucial that moms maintain an adequate omega 3 supply.  This ensures the healthy development of the fetus and benefits the child's brain and eye health.  Getting omega 3s in your diet or via supplementation is crucial!

Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3s, and I love putting it in my porridge recipe.  This is the richest plant source of omega 3s, even having more than salmon.  Chia seeds are also high in fiber, calcium, and minerals, such as iron, potassium, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium.  In addition, chia seeds are a complete protein, high in antioxidants, and are cholesterol and gluten free.

If you are new to chia seeds, than you might not know that they expand and can become jelly like in texture once they have been sitting in liquid.  So when you eat them after they have been soaking they don't taste chewy like a seed or a nut as much as it's more like a gelatinous texture.

This recipe is very fulfilling, full of healthy fats, and is completely free of any added sugar.  Not only are you getting great antioxidants from the chia seeds, but your also getting them from the organic berries.  I like to add a little water to mine to make it last longer and to split up the drink to have before and after workout.  It can work great as a snack or healthy dessert too, for both kids and adults!

Hope you enjoy!

Overnight Berry Nutty Omega Porridge (paleo, AIP, whole 30, GF, soy free, DF)

1 carton or 1 cup arroyo-d full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 to 3/4 cup organic berries
1 tbsp organic chia seeds
2 tbsp chopped raw nuts (optional)
1/2 cup water (optional)



Pour coconut milk into mason jar.  Add other ingredients and layer and shake well.  I like to shake well to prevent chia seeds from clumping up too much.  If you are doing autoimmune protocol, skip the chopped nuts!  Refrigerate overnight (6 to 8 hours) and enjoy in the morning!

Blessings,

Lindsay





No comments:

Post a Comment

BLOGSPOT TEMPLATE BY DESIGNER BLOGS