I.Can’t.Stop.Eating.This. Seriously. I had it in Bali and I’ve eaten it almost every day since I got home. It’s so delicious, nutritious and easy to make.
Mango Coconut Chia Pudding
- Half can of Thai Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk (I prefer the full fat over the lite version)
- 1/4 Cup of Organic Chia Seeds
- Organic Mango
- Raw Honey or another Natural Sweetener (I personally don’t like any sweeteners)
- Mix the coconut milk and chia seeds together in a bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours to let the chia seeds expand
- Puree 1/4 to 1/2 of the mango for the bottom and dice a few pieces to place on top for presentation
- If the pudding is too thick for your liking, you can add some almond or coconut milk to thin
Sometimes, if I’m not in the mood for sugar, I’ll add a couple tablespoons of Adam’s Organic Chunky Peanut Butter instead of the fruit. My body is used to eating lots of good, healthy fats and can handle eating this pudding often. Your body may have a harder time so I don’t recommend eating it as much as I do. 🙂
Benefits of Coconut
Coconut is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It contains a healthy, saturated fatty acid (lauric acid) that is easily absorbed and used for energy and has many other health benefits.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
60 healthy volunteers were given coconut mile porridge for five days a week for eight weeks and researchers found their LDL (the bad low density lipoprotein) levels decreased while their HDL (the good high density lipoprotein) levels rose significantly.
Coconuts also contain minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow which makes coconut milk useful in lowering blood pressure and aiding in keeping blood vessels healthy and regulating heart health.
Improves Brain Function
Coconut milk contains MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that are easily used by your brain for energy without having to be processed through your digetive tract with bile like other fats. Coconut mil’s calories provide a quick and efficient source of healthy calories for the brain which is made up primarily of fats and relies on a steady stream of it to function.
Some of the people with the worst brain function I have seen in all my years of working in a wellness center are those whose diet consists of little fat because they are trying to lower their cholesterol to the “healthy” range according to their doctors. Your brain functions off of good, healthy fat. If you’re not eating it, your brain shuts down.
Eat Fat, Lose Fat
That’s right! If you’ve ever wondered how I stay in my skinny jeans so easily, it’s because I eat A LOT of healthy, saturated fats. It may sound counter intuitive, but I’m living proof.
According to a study by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University,
Consumption of a diet rich in MCTs results in greater loss of fat compared with long-chain fatty acids, perhaps due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation observed with MCT intake. MCTs may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss.
For me, a diet high in fats is important to feel satisfied and it keeps me from snacking or craving sugars and refined carbs.
What Kind of Coconut Milk is Best?
Look for the purest coconut milk you can find. This means organic and contains no added sugar or sweeteners, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and isn’t pasteurized. The process of pasteurizing can potentially destroy some of the nutrients.
The first ingredient should be 100 percent coconut. Also make sure it’s the full fat coconut milk for all the health benefits and that it is unsweetened to avoid a can full of sugar.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a powerful superfood as well. They are rich in many key nutrients for the body and have many, many benefits including:
Antioxidants that Keep Skin Young
Chia seeds are rich in one of the greatest antioxidants that stops free radical damage causing inflammation of the skin and promotes premature again. These antioxidants also speed up the skin’s repair systems and prevent future damage.
Chia is packed full of fiber, providing almost 11 grams per ounce, and helping with regular bowel movements.
Things to Be Aware Of
You may want to take note that both of these ingredients, coconut milk and chia seeds are both packed with fiber and some people experience stomach pains when they eat too much fiber. If you’re diet is not high in fiber, you may want to start adding it slowly so your body has a change to adjust.
Additionally, if your diet has not included good, healthy fats, you may want to add those slowly as well. If you eat too much too soon, your gall bladder can’t keep up with the demand to break down and metabolize the fat and it can be painful when it gets overworked. If you’ve had your gall bladder removed, be sure to add fats slowly to find your threshold and find a good digestive enzyme to aid in fat metabolism.