Hi warriors! How’s your January going?
I’m in the midst of the January Jump Start – 5 Day Yoga & Superfood Challenge, so I am stoked on superfoods! The word “Ka Pow” comes to mind 🙂 So I just wanted to take a moment to share with you the Rise & Shine Sun Salutation yoga segment from day 1 of the challenge, plus a yummy yet nutritious (and easy to make) superfood pudding recipe…
I incorporate superfoods into my diet, because for me, nothing helped transform my health more than yoga and nutrition. Pomegranates and chia seeds are two of my favorites 🙂
“Let food by they medicine and medicine be they food” – Hippocrates
Last night I made this chia pomegranate pudding for dessert. Yum! But it’s so healthy I ended up having the leftovers for breakfast today (love it when dessert is so healthy you can eat it for breakfast too). Although, come to think of it, thousands of people have sugar-laden lattes, protein bars or doughnuts for breakfast. Ugh.
But Flexible Warriors know to eat like a warrior and fuel their bodies with prana-rich, nutrient-dense superfoods! So this recipe is lightly sweetned with raw honey or maple syrup and to packed with fiber, vitamin, minerals and antioxidants…
I once heard that chia seeds were fuel for Aztec Warriors, who ate the tiny seeds to sustain their energy during battle. These ancient warriors didn’t have packaged protein bars, so they’d put handful of seeds into satchels to carry with them.
Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are naturally gluten-free, high in anti-oxidants, loaded with fiber, protein, anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients. They have more Omega-3’s than salmon and more anti-oxidants than blueberries!
Pomegranate seeds are loaded with vitamin C to boost the immune system and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce joint pain and athritis symptoms. They are also knows to help lower blood pressure, fight cancer, boost libido, improve heart health and fight bacterial infections! I often use Goji Berries instead of Pomegranate (which are also high in vitamin C and anti-oxidants.
The combination of these two superfoods is very powerful for breakfast or a healthy dessert! Plus it literally takes minutes to make.
- 2 cups coconut milk
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup or raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (you can buy the whole fruit and seed it yourself, purchase them fresh or frozen… or if you can’t find them, use goji berries or blueberies instead – blueberries are a powerful superfruit as well.