I’m writing this while embarking on my Adventures in Brazil. I’m currently staying a small beach and surfer town in Itacare, I’m staying at Che Legarto, a very hip and happening hostel owned by Argentineans (with a name like Che, it’s no surprise). As a health conscious traveller, I practice what I preach and healthy living and food and nutrition are very important to me, which is I why I do most of my own cooking. One of the guys who works here wanted to try my food and offered to help cook with me, so we made this delicious dish and we shared it with two other girls who absolutely loved it, the one girl even thought it was so beautiful she had to take a pic. (Proud moment for me, I love when people can enjoy my beautiful dishes just as much as I do). Another thing I noticed that I normally wouldn’t mention because it is so natural for me, is that I brought my laptop up and had my Enigma playing in the background while I prepared my food. I kept getting comments on how nice the music was and got requests so I will share that with you too. I really believe in the energetic quality of preparing my food and how it impacts the digestion and energy that it gives you. I was playing an Enigma mix off YouTube, if you want to make this and feel my current mood this is what I was listening to.
I created a different version of chia seed pudding and shared the recipe here, but that was one of my Argentinean Adventures with Food, and this one is part of my adventures in Brazil, so they are actually quite different respectively. Chia seeds are incredible, I touched on the benefits in my Argentinean Chia Seed Pudding post, but here are some of them (and others) that I figured I’d share from Huffington Post.
Chia Seed Health Benefits:
- Considered a natural treatment for type-2 diabetes as it slows digestion and can prevent blood sugar from spiking due to the gelatinous coating/texure.
- It’s a superfood for a reason. In just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about 1/3 recommended daily intake for adults.
- Loaded up with omega-3 fatty acides (5 grams in a one-ounce serving) which will help improve brain function/health.
- Skip the cow’s milk… you want calcium? 1 serving of chia seed has 18% of what your body needs and helps maintain bone and oral health.
- Manganese is often overlooked but is very important for good healthy as it helps your body produce other essentials like biotin and thiamin. Once again, one serving (28 grams) contains 30% of your daily dietary needs.
- Chia are also excellent for helping you maintain healthy bones and teeth because it contains 27% of your daily phosphorus needs in just a single serving.
- Packed with vegan-protein that is cholesterol free (one 28 gram serving contains 4.4 grams of protein which is 10% of the daily intake).
- Fights insulin resistance that causes belly fat (always a nice idea if you ask me…)
- Chia seeds contain Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, which often creates the urge to sleep after Thanksgiving dinner it also regulates appetite and improves mood.
- “According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker!”
Okay, so now you’re convinced that chia seeds are (almost) all you need to be healthy, here is a delicious Brazilian Inspired Chia Seed Torta recipe for you:
250 coconut milk
1 tbsp fresh water
20 drops vanilla essential oil (vanilla extract will do but is not as good for you)
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon stevia
coconut oil for cooking
1 red apple (I used an Argentinean red, because I think that was my subconscious secretly craving Malbec)
cinnamon spice (to your liking)
Tapioca with Coconut Flakes (to your liking)
- Mix the coconut milk and chia seeds together in medium size bow, add in stevia and vanilla and mix well until all seeds are evenly dispersed, cover and set in fridge.
- Cut apple into small pieces, sprinkle with cinnamon, stevia and drizzle with coconut oil for easy spreading. Heat a medium-small pan to med-low heat and cook apples slowly.
- Mash up the nuts if you can (I did this by keeping them in a bag and heating them). Add them to the pan and toss with apples to spread cinnamon flavour evently.
- The tapioca I used was sugar-free, contained dried coconut to make it sweet and it is naturally gluten-free
- To make the torta, once the chia seeds set (min 15-20 minutes) I removed it from the bowl and formed a rounded shape on a plate.
- Sprinkle with other toppings and make the plate look pretty. When the food looks delicious it actually becomes even more tasty.
- Share with a friend or eat by yourself, it also makes a great little entertaining dish if you portion them into balls and roll them such as in the image below.
- Enjoy each and every bite, it’s better for you to metabolize. 🙂