Recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

Introduction to Chia Seeds and Their Fibre Content

Fibre is one of the key reasons why chia seeds have gained such popularity in the world of nutrition. These tiny seeds pack a mighty punch when it comes to fibre content. Just two tablespoons of chia seeds contain a whopping 10 grams of fibre. This is a significant contribution towards the daily recommended intake of fibre, which is around 25 grams for adult women and 38 grams for adult men.

The Role of Soluble Fibre in Appetite Control

The soluble fibre in chia seeds forms a gel-like consistency when mixed with liquids, which can help to keep you feeling full and satisfied. This makes chia seeds an excellent addition to your diet if you're looking to manage your weight or curb your appetite between meals.

Stabilising Blood Sugar with Chia Seeds

Moreover, the gel-like substance can also slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, helping to stabilise blood sugar levels and prevent spikes, which is particularly beneficial for individuals with diabetes.

Enhancing Digestive Health Through Fibre

In addition to promoting a feeling of fullness and aiding in blood sugar regulation, the high fibre content in chia seeds is fantastic for digestive health. Fibre plays a crucial role in maintaining regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. It also supports a healthy gut microbiome by serving as a food source for beneficial bacteria in the colon. This, in turn, can contribute to better overall digestive well-being and may even have positive effects on conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Chia Seeds: A Versatile Addition to Any Diet

In conclusion, the fibre content in chia seeds is a remarkable asset to your diet. Not only does it keep you feeling satisfied and help manage your weight, but it also promotes digestive health and aids in blood sugar control. Whether you add chia seeds to your morning smoothie, sprinkle them on top of yoghurt, or incorporate them into your baking recipes, these versatile seeds are an excellent way to boost your daily fibre intake and reap the associated health benefits.

Personal Experience: Discovering Chia Pudding

I've added soaked chia seeds to muesli and put it on my children's cereals for a few years now but I'd never tried chia pudding. I had some coconut milk left over from a laksa so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't use a recipe so just experiment with flavours you like. Blended fruit is another option to use with coconut milk or you can use nut milks. I had some cacao powder and as chocolate is a favourite of mine this was my first experiment. Wow, was I surprised, it was delicious and it takes about 2 minutes to prepare, plus the time to set. For those seeking IBS support, incorporating fibre-rich foods like this chia pudding into your diet can help manage symptoms and improve your gut health at the correct stage in your treatment for IBS.

Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe

2 Tbs chia seeds
1/3 cup coconut milk (Use Ayam canned variety or use less if it's the thinner variety)
1 Tbs cacao powder
1 tsp maple syrup (or another sweetener, stevia for example)
1 tsp filtered water

Method

1. Combine the cacao powder with a teaspoon of warm water. Then add the chia seeds and coconut milk and stir well. Let it sit for about 10 - 30 minutes while the seeds soak up the water.

2. Allow the mixture to sit and thicken to your desired consistency. It can sit for longer in the fridge if you want to make it ahead of time. This will help it become firmer.

For more information on chia seeds read my Health Benefits of Chia Seeds blog post

Alternative: Swap the cacao powder for some blended fruit eg raspberries, pineapple, mango or cherries. This can make a good breakfast option that's gluten-free and high in fibre.

As a general rule use the ratio of 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of liquid for chia pudding. If you are soaking them for less time than overnight, reduce the ratio. Chia seeds can absorb up to 9 times their weight in liquid. If you've never eaten chia seeds before start with 1/2 a tablespoon per serve and increase slowly. They are a high-fibre food so can cause bloating in people with SIBO.

Chia Seeds for IBS Support and Gut Health

Chia seeds are an excellent ingredient for supporting gut health, making them a perfect fit for Step 6 of the Gut Fix Program from Sydney Nutritionist Lisa Snowdon. This step focuses on incorporating foods into your diet to nourish and restore the microbiome. The Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe is a perfect example of how you can easily integrate these powerful seeds into your meals.

Chia seeds are rich in fibre, which helps to promote a healthy digestive system by encouraging regular bowel movements and feeding beneficial gut bacteria. Including such recipes in your diet can significantly aid in reducing inflammation and restoring gut health at the correct stage of treatment. For more information on how to restore your gut health, visit the Gut Fix Program.

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