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Summer Chia Pudding

Summer is here with its promise of bare feet, hot sun, farmer’s markets brimming with a rainbow of produce, and a general lightness in our collective hearts. 

To stay healthy and radiant this season and to balance the hot, sharp intensity of summer so we don’t burn out requires mindful, intuitive adaptation says Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science of health. Choosing foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent i.e. fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits that help our body to naturally cleanse itself from the inside out is key. So is engaging in calming behaviors such as gentle yoga and meditation to soothe and nourish the body mind, practices that will abound at our upcoming Midsummer Bliss Retreat on Salt Spring Island.

To enjoy summer, here is a simple and favourite breakfast / treat that I make all the time once the weather warms up. It’s the sort of thing that you would enjoy on retreat with us! 🙂

A note: warm foods are considered easy to digest in Ayurveda and can be a boon in summer when our body’s digestive fire calms down slightly in order to compensate for the intensity of the sun’s heat.  I like having this chia pudding on the warm-ish side, but you may also have it cool if you prefer on a hot day.  The chia is great for helping to move a sluggish digestive system and cardamom is an ideal spice for balancing too much heat in the body.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, please share and tag it with #blissology!

Summer Chia Pudding: 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup almond milk (I prefer to use homemade almond milk ) but if you are using a store bought version try the one by The New Barn which is closest to homemade!!!  
  • 1 – 2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder or cardamom seeds ground finely into a powder
  • 1 tsp Coconut butter.

Method:

  1. First, make the chia gel: pour hot water over chia seeds and mix thoroughly.  Soak in the refrigerator for several hours or even overnight to make a thick gelatinous chia gel.
  2. In a bowl or in a blender, mix in all ingredients (except chia gel).  Blend lightly and taste.  Now add the gelatinous chia mixture. Mix well. Add more almond / nut milk if necessary. Adjust for sweetness.
  3. To serve, garnish with some summer berries and fresh mint leaves (and Nootka rose petals). 

Vegan. Gluten Free. Serves 2 -3.

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