Sunday, October 5, 2014

MEATLESS MONDAY : WARMING CHIA PUDDING

My body type (Vata) tends to feel cold most time and therefore I often crave warming foods such as soups or stews and warming spices such as cinnamon, horseradish, cardamon and cayenne. I like to drink my water room temperature and add just a little bit cinnamon in it. Oatmeals and chia puddings also get a big dash or two. 

Did you know that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon/day can lower the bad cholesterol? Cinnamon also stabilizes blood sugar and has antifungal properties (candida). When added to food it inhibits bacterial growth and fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices making it a natural food preservative. 

My other favorite, cardamom, helps to increase circulation and can warm up the body or break through stagnant digestion. In Ayurvedic medicine cardamom is used as a treatment for digestive problems, high blood pressure and even depression. This chia pudding recipe is perfect for the cold months. 

WARMING CHIA PUDDING
(4 servings)

1 cup coconut or almond milk 
1 cup cashews 
1 tbsp cardamom(start with one, add more if desired) 
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 banana
1/2 cup chia seeds

Directions: 

Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in a high-speed blender until smooth. Add the chia seeds and mix slowly. Allow the mixture to soak in the fridge for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. I often add seasonal fruit or berries to the mix such as blueberries, grapes or mango. Or add Mamma Chia chia squeeze to create layered look (as seen pictured). Top with nuts, banana chips, fruit or more chia squeeze. Enjoy for breakfast, snack or dessert.

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