Need an easy breakfast recipe to combat inflammation and prevent cancer? I've got you covered.
This chia pudding recipe, from my You Nourish You recipe book, is great for both the thyroid and breasts.
It's the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in chia seeds that help lower our risk of heart disease, balance thyroid hormones, and play a role in breast cancer prevention. Research has shown that chia seeds have a normalizing effect on insulin resistance, which is why they can help prevent type 2 diabetes. The essential fatty acids, or EFAs, in chia seeds are credited with protecting the human brain and heart. Plus, it's believed that fatty acids can help improve the function of the thyroid gland.
Research on chia seeds has found that the oil may reduce tumor growth and metastasis in the glandular tissue of the breast. It does this by preventing mitosis, or the replication of cancer cells.
Another anti-cancer benefit of chia seeds is the fact that they have lignans. Plant lignans, which are classified as phytoestrogens, are believed to help reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, thyroid cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Chia is an ancient superfood that is very similar to flax but without the estrogen and phytoestrogen element. It is a just as good, (if not better) source of EFAs, so it will do wonders for your health and skin.
Additionally, chia seeds contain:
- 2 times the protein of any other seed or grain
- 5 times the calcium of milk
- 2 times the amount of potassium as bananas
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- and, of course, copious amounts of omega-3s and omega-6s
Ready to eat chia yet? I thought so.
The Best Chia Pudding Recipe for Hormone Balance & Cancer Prevention
Prep time: 20 minutes
- ¼ cup organic chia seeds
- 1 cup organic nut or seed milk (I blend hemp seeds + H2O, you can also use almond milk or coconut milk)
- organic alcohol-free vanilla extract
- organic cinnamon
- organic cardamom
- organic blueberries
- organic blackberries
- organic goji berries
- organic raw pumpkin seeds
- organic hemp seeds
- organic bee pollen
- Whisk chia pudding ingredients in a Mason jar or fancy glass. Stir very well for about 5 minutes with a fork until all of the chia seeds are covered and coated. Cover and set in refrigerator for 20 minutes. (You can leave in the fridge for as long as you want. The pudding will just get thicker as time goes by.)
- Garnish with berries and superfoods.
- Serve and enjoy!
I love how versatile chia seed pudding can be. The flavor combinations are endless and the pudding always comes together with minimal effort.
Since chia pudding is Paleo and gluten-free, it is a great allergy-friendly breakfast, dessert, and snack option. Add avocado, sea salt, cucumbers, and mint leaves for something more refreshing and savory. I hope you enjoy it and would love to see your beautiful culinary creations! Tag me @fernolivia #younourishyou on Instagram and be sure to check out my Thyroid Yoga™ You Nourish You recipe book for even more inspiration!