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Coconut Chocolate Almond Chia Pudding

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When I researched about superfoods that help people with IBD, chia seeds were always on top of the list. This overnight chia pudding recipe is an easy breakfast that anyone can make. All you have to do is take 5 minutes to prepare it the night before, put it in the fridge, and it is ready to go when you wake up in the morning! To give it a chocolatey twist, I added antioxidant-rich, raw cacao, and topped it off with shredded coconut, banana coins, and more superfoods like goji berries, but you can add your own favorite toppings. I could never compromise living on bland rice and meat recipes, so I try to make my food healthier, more colorful and as strongly flavored as it used to be, and I always love it!  My ‘noglutenandlactose’ way of living is definitely a journey to new and wonderful flavors.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

This recipe, besides being gluten-free and lactose-free (a plus for those with gut issues), contains tons of nutrients. Did you know that raw cacao powder is also considered a superfood like chia and goji berry? It’s not only a good source of 8 essential minerals, but is also high in flavonoids, a class of compounds found in food that are thought to have benefits ranging from heart disease prevention to anticancer activity. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and Omega-3s, another protector of heart function. Try this recipe. Your heart and tummy will thank you!


By Dianne Rishikof, MS, RDN, LDN
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Coconut Chocolate Almond Chia Pudding

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

4 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon raw cacao powder

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

½ banana

1 teaspoon dried unsweetened goji berries (or other berry of choice)

1 scoop Further Food Collagen Protein Peptides (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a jar, mix almond milk, chia seeds, and raw cacao well.
  2. Refrigerate for thirty minutes, shake well again, and put back in refrigerator overnight.
  3. In the morning, top chia pudding with coconut, banana slices, and dried berries.
In a jar, mix almond milk, chia seeds, and raw cacao well. Refrigerate for thirty minutes, shake well again, and put back in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, top chia pudding with coconut, banana slices, and dried berries.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 411; Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g; Cholesterol: 0g; Sodium: 188mg; Carbohydrate: 41g; Fiber: 26g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 16g

Bonus:  Vitamin A: 11%; Vitamin C: 10%; Calcium: 78%; Iron: 35%;

 

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Lillian Zhao Administrator
I’m thrilled to welcome you to Further Food.
I started Further Food because I believe in the power of food - to nourish, to prevent disease. But... what happens when we get sick with a chronic illness? Or when someone we love gets diagnosed? How can food and diet changes help the healing process? Help better manage symptoms - naturally?
These were the questions I was struggling with when I started Further Food.
Last year, my father was diagnosed with diabetes II. We were shocked because my mother cooks very healthfully. But my dad sneaks in a lot of processed, unhealthy foods while he was on the road, which is much of the time.  Sound familiar?
Around the same time, one of my best friends was struggling with IBS and another was going through a bad Ulcerative Colitis flare. I wanted to help, but didn't know how. So I turned to the internet to do research. But what I found was scattered, disorganized, and often depressing.  I got sucked into these forums, but couldn't easily find the information I was looking for. And that's when I thought  - there must be a better way to help people discover how to use food to combat various aliments...in an easy-to-use, beautiful, and fun way!
And that's how Further Food was born. In my research, I have helped my dad change his diet. He is now 15 lbs lighter, has cut back on processed foods, and decreased his total daily carbs. The journey isn't over, but he's doing so much better! #winningdad. I've showed him Tiffany's inspiring story of how she reversed her diabetes and shared her "Phase I" meal plan with him.  My friend has changed her diet to dramatically to reduce her IBS symptoms, and I have recently introduced her to the FODMAP diet - one that I discovered from the contributors on Further Food!  With my urging, my other friend with Ulcerative Colitis, tried going gluten-free and found that his 'pain-level' dramatically reduced within a week of making the dietary changes!
These powerful experiences, along with the stories I hear daily from Further Food's Health Heroes, inspire me to keep going further.  I am so deeply honored to be spear-heading this important work of using crowd-sourced data to find food-based solutions for a variety of health conditions. I believe in the wisdom of your stories, the strength of our community, and in the power of celebrating food as we get healthy together.
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Bio: I have dedicated my career to building and funding mission driven companies, specifically in the health and wellness space. Further Food is the culmination of my experiences, and reflects my belief that companies should do well and do good. I am also a certified yoga teacher, and love to surf, run, tango, travel and cook. My BA is from Brown University and my MPP from Harvard University. 

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