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.
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.
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.
This serves 1
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 1 cup of milk (I used low fat, low carb)
- 50g of mango
- Chop the mango into cubes. Put the seeds in a cup or bowl. Pour the milk over the seeds.
- Add the mango and stir. Leave for 1 hour. The seeds will swell, and will thicken the milk to make a pudding.