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Chia Mango Pudding

I don’t know how I can do real justice to this seed. Chia seed, that is. I’ll try sha.

In my search for fertility friendly foods, I’ve only come across 10 or so that are good for all fertility issues in men and women. Let me share the following examples:

1. Tiger nut milk is perfect for men, but will make a woman’s cervical mucus too thick.
2. Okro is good for cervical mucus, but studies show that okro is linked to poor sperm in men.
3. Wheat is considered a healthier option, but women with endo and fibroids shouldn’t consume wheat.

Chia Mango Pudding

Chia Mango Pudding

Apart from fertility foods, I’m also doing some research into healthy eating for diabetics, people with high blood pressure, etc. I have a case study now, and will share the results in two weeks.

Chia seeds are one of the 10 foods that I’ve found that are good for women with PCOS, fibroids, endo, and for men. Needless to say it’s now a staple in my home.

Chia seeds are rich in fibre, which is beneficial in reducing cholesterol, and increasing bowel function.

Chia seeds are the richest plant based source of omega 3. Omega 3 helps fight inflammation, and increases blood flow to the uterus. A lack of omega 3 is linked to infertility and premature birth.
This study shows that Omega 3 is linked to sperm production and quality.

Chia seeds are also very rich in antioxidants which are especially beneficial in sperm production and quality. See this for more benefits of Chia seeds.

Making Chia Mango Pudding

The challenge I have is how to factor chia seeds into my daily meals. Right now, I’m on a low carb meal plan (which, by the way, is the best way to treat PCOS. See here), and luckily chia seeds have basically no carbs (the carbs in chia seeds are all fibre, and these don’t count as net carbs).

This pudding is one of the ways I’ve come up with for enjoying these seeds. HACE eats his chia with oatmeal. He like the crunch of the seeds. I prefer to leave them to soak up some liquid first. Chia seeds absorb up to 9 times their weight in liquid, and they become gelatinous, instead of crunchy.

This pudding is very satiating. I actually made it as a pre-breakfast pudding, but I ended up eating only this, and not being able to eat another bite till noon. Hmmm, if not that I’ve already casted myself on this blog, it would have been the new go to breakfast for HACE on my lazy days. Me and my big mouth sef.

I have a ton of energy after eating chia, so I’d advice you don’t eat this pudding, or any other chia recipe at night if you value your sleep. You might just be awake all night.

Chia Mango Pudding

Chia Mango Pudding

This serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of milk (I used low fat, low carb)
  • 50g of mango

Instructions

  1. Chop the mango into cubes. Put the seeds in a cup or bowl. Pour the milk over the seeds.
  2. Add the mango and stir. Leave for 1 hour. The seeds will swell, and will thicken the milk to make a pudding.
  3. Enjoy!
https://fruitfulkitchen.org/chia-mango-pudding/

Chidinma
 

Hi, my name is Chidinma. I’ve been happily married for 4+ years (actually almost 6 years now), and my husband and I have been trying to have our own children for almost all the time we’ve been married, with no success…yet. We haven’t lost hope (far from it), and we believe it will happen very soon.

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molola - March 10, 2016

And here i was thinking wheat was good. na wa o . so what do we eat nowwwwww. God have mercy o, this TTC thing is a full time job. i hope chia seeds are not too hard to find sha.

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nuella - March 11, 2016

i cant believe this!! in fact am done for. what else do i do? for the past 5years i have been eating honeywell wheat primarily for my weight and not for fertility and now with this information,what will i be eating as a swallow substitute with regards to loosing weight and fertility issue? again pls.where can i buy this chia seed in abuja?thanks

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    Chidinma - March 11, 2016

    Nuella, you’re not done for at all. The beauty of eating right is that it can take as little as 3 months to get your body on the right track. Swallow is the hardest thing to substitute. I get plenty questions on that. The best substitute for wheat is a mixture of ground oats (gluten free)+unripe plantain flour+brown rice flour. It comes out very smooth.

    If, however, you intend to go low carb due to PCOS, take some time out (like 1 month) to do a low carb WOE. After that, you can do the mixture above. Remember, portion size is key.

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latochy - March 13, 2016

Thanks for dis recipe!pls,where did û get ur chia seeds?

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Ejiro - March 17, 2016

Hmm. Interesting. Can one eat chia seeds during pregnancy?

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    Chidinma - March 17, 2016

    Hello Ejiro. While some people feel Chia seeds are safe to consume in pregnancy (www.mothering.com/community/t/1382243/chia-seeds-during-pregnancy ; community.babycenter.com/post/a41536645/chia_seeds_are_they_safe_to_have_during_pregnancy ), personally, I’m very reliant on well conducted studies and research (and I can’t find any on Chia in pregnancy) before I make food-related choices. As you’ll notice from those links, women have consumed them while pregnant with no adverse effects, however, some professionals are wary of their consumption due to a lack of research and studies.

    A better and safer alternative is sunflower seeds. These seeds contain most of the goodness of Chia, plus a high level of folate as well. Feel free to enjoy sunflower seeds now, then switch to chia after pregnancy to help reduce belly fat.

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rita80 - March 17, 2016

Pls where caN one get chia seed in abuja

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ify - May 16, 2016

what then do u do to the seed, do u filter it or chew it. the mango do u blend it.

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    Chidinma - May 16, 2016

    The seed becomes gel-like and really soft. You chew and swallow

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Nwadiuto - June 8, 2016

Pls where do I get Chia seeds in lagos?

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    Chidinma - June 9, 2016

    Hi Nwadiuto. I’m not so sure about where you can find it in Lagos o. Will ask around and will definitely get back to you soon.

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Phunke - August 11, 2016

till waiting for where you can get them in lagos o

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    Chidinma - August 11, 2016

    Oooooo, I’m really sorry. Lemme ask around for you

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christie - September 26, 2016

Please where can i get chai seeds in lagos?

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