Chia is rich in omega-3s, which may improve saliva flow and relieve joint pain. The chia becomes gelatinous when soaked in warm liquid, which helps soothe, heal, and detoxify the digestive tract as well as slow down the digestion of carbohydrates and subsequent blood sugar rise.
2 cups (500 mL) unsweetened almond, coconut, or hemp milk
1/2 cup (125 mL) chia seeds
1/4 cup (60 mL) buckwheat groats
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon, cardamom, and/or ginger, as desired
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh seasonal fruit, chopped
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped Medjool dates or raisins, optional
Raw almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds
Heat milk in saucepan on medium heat until hot (no need to boil). Add chia seeds, buckwheat groats, and stir in desired spices, letting simmer on low, covered, for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
Turn off heat and keep covered for up to 5 more minutes (this is a good time to prepare the fruit).
Add more milk, if desired, fresh fruit, and/or raisins before serving.
Each serving contains: 347 calories; 11 g protein; 14 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 43 g total carbohydrates (6 g sugars, 20 g fibre); 191 mg sodium
Cold leftovers can easily be reheated or made into a smoothie the next day by adding more liquid and blending.
Frozen fruit option
If using frozen fruit, add 2 minutes before turning off the heat; fruit can thaw and warm up with the porridge.
source: "Healing Foods", alive #390, April 2015
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