Hey guys! We wanted to share this chia pudding recipe and some food for thought with you!
We try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet and one way we support that is with spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Inflammation is like a protective response are bodies have but an unhealthy lifestyle can cause your body to be more inflamed than needed. When your inflammation is out of control it can cause joint pain, stiffness, arthritis and just overall not feeling well.
Turmeric has become very popular because of it’s “anti-inflammatory powers.” Now, it does help but it cannot heal a poor diet. Turmeric is something we add to try to many of our dishes. We use it on roasted vegetables, soups, drinks and sometimes even sweet dishes like the chia pudding we are sharing. Turmeric is fat soluble, meaning it dissolves in fat. This is important because if you do not use take it with a healthy fat, it might not make it all the way to your intestines where it can be absorbed. In this recipe, we added full-fat coconut milk to not only make it delicious but also to help that turmeric goodness absorb into our bodies. Also, studies have shown that black pepper helps with the absorption of this spice. Black pepper has a compound in it called piperine, which helps protect the turmeric compound until it reaches the intestines. Buying fresh turmeric is best but we can never find it at grocery stores near us so we just buy powdered!
Cinnamon is another anti inflammatory spice and it taste so GOOD! You can put cinnamon on everything (and we totally do). This spice can help relieve muscle soreness, arthritis, severity to allergies and can reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood. Cinnamon can also help FIGHT diabetes! This is huge because sooo many people in America are fighting this disease (79 million Americans have pre-diabetes!!!!!!). Cinnamon works for diabetes because it actually blocks enzymes called alanine which allow sugar to be absorbed into your blood. By blocking this enzyme, it decreases the amount of sugar going into the blood which is what insulin does.
Incorporating these spices into your diet can only do your body GOOD! And you can try it by making our recipe (link to print it below)! We hope you enjoy and we hope you learned a thing or two
2 small banans
2 cups almond or coconut milk
1 heaping tablespoon full-fat coconut milk
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter)
6 tablespoons chia seeds
- Blend all the ingredients, expect for the chia seeds, until smooth
- Pour into bowl and stir in chia seeds
- Let sit for 12 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes or until the chia seeds begin to absorb the mixture
- Cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight