A photo journey of my healthy eating adventures!
I am not sure how many of you follow me on Instagram or Facebook but recently I have devoted myself to improving my food photography skills and building on my Instagram account. I found a book on food photography and I bought my self a second hand DSLR but a new and amazing lens and started to experiment. This has inspired me to find and create new healthy food recipes as well as work on my food styling, lighting and the myriad of other things that come along when getting a perfect food photograph. This Instagram journey which I have started two months back has been amazing. Not only have I learnt about great healthy food recipes, food styling and the latest in health food trends I have also received a lot of support, kind words and inspiration from some lovely people in the Instagram world. The best bit is that I get to interact with people from all over the world having the similar ethos about healthy eating and living!
The healthy Chia seed
One of the most popular healthy food breakfast recipes on Instagram is this wonderful concept of chia seed porridge. These breakfast recipes with chia seeds are not only beautiful to look at, they are also amazing to eat- taste as well as health wise. Chia seeds are tiny seeds which are packed with a high level of fibre, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It is considered as a low-carb friendly whole food because its carbohydrate base is almost completely made out of fibre. This makes it very good for your stomach and digestion. These tiny seeds swell up on soaking in any liquid and hence fill you up quickly on a little amount and ensure slow digestion and break down in the gut, also making you fuller for longer. It is also a good source of minerals, vitamins and calcium. You can read more about Chia’s nutritional profile in this article. In India we have a similar tasting and looking seed which is quite popular called sabja seeds or tukumuria which is commonly used in Falooda. These however are not identical species and nutrition profile-wise though they look and taste similar after soaking.
My Chia Pudding Recipe
My chia pudding recipe is simple and basic. I thought I would write it down and share with you after my sister asked me what to do with chia seeds I had sent across to her. The fun part abut a chia pudding breakfast is the layering or additions of fruits, granola, fruit jams and compotes. Of course you can keep it as basic and simple chia pudding as well. Mine is a chia pudding with almond milk recipe making this a dairy free recipe. I used my homeade unsweetened almond milk which I find the best way to make and consume nut milks.
This is one of the best raw breakfast ideas because all you have to do is soak these seeds in a nut milk of your choice or regular milk if you prefer, leave it for at least half an hour and it is ready. I like to soak it overnight in the fridge so that I have a breakfast ready first thing in the morning. A little also goes along way and I find if you are eating only the chia and nut milk for breakfast then 3 tablespoons soaked in 250 ml or two cups of nut milk is more than enough. If however you are combining it with granola as well then 2 tablespoons with 1.5 cups of nut milk is sufficient for one person. You can add more or less milk as it depends on your preference of thickness. There are no strict rules. This breakfast is vegan as well as paleo friendly as it is grain-free as well as dairy-free.
Blueberry or any berry or seasonal fruit
My chia pudding blueberry recipe is made with a layer of fresh blueberries, blueberry compote and my homemade beetroot granola. You can find my recipe for a sugarfree low fat plant based beetroot granola here or you can use your favourite brand of sugar free granola to ensure this breakfast is a healthy one. The fun bit is in the layers but do not feel restricted to using only these variety of fruits. You can use any seasonal fruits available to you. In fact here I have made a similar chia pudding but with some home made sugar free raw apricot chia jam and fresh nectarines. The sky is the limit with this fun, healthy breakfast pudding/porridge idea!
Do take a look at my Instagram account @meghnas_ if you haven’t already or find my page on Facebook. Its called Meghna’s and I share all my lovely food adventures there as well.
Do keep me posted if you try this recipe and post photos on Instagram with the #meghnaskitchen. I would love to be a part of your healthy eating lifestyle!:)