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Chia Seeds.

These tiny little black seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, especially if you’re following a plant based diet as they’re loaded with essential nutrients harder to find, such as calcium. They are also rich in antioxidants and very high in fibre making them a satisfying low calorie source of protein.

Importantly they contain all the essential amino acids the body needs, unusual for a plant based food. Just 28g will provide you with 4g protein, so double that for your average serving in a recipe such as the one I published last week, and you can see how Chia desserts are by far the healthier alternative to cheesecake!

Also useful for adding to porridge etc. to boost protein levels. Simply soak a couple of tablespoons overnight in the plant based milk you are using, then add to your breakfast... whatever it may be to boost protein and calcium intake. (NB. Probably doesn’t work well with beans on toast!)

Chia seeds are naturally free of Gluten and a non GMO food, so great for those on a gut-health improving programme (which will be my topic for February btw), and those following a Paleo diet.

I could wax lyrical about Chia for hours, but won’t bore you with the many many benefits of including these little gems into your daily diet, whether you’re vegan OR carnivore. Suffice to say the health benefits are numerous and it’s uses just as plentiful.

Look them up, give them a try, and don’t be deterred by what may appear to be a pricy food; a little goes a long way and they’re so nutrient dense you don’t need much per serving.

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