Mango + Chia

If you’re like me and already thinking about breakfast tomorrow and want a change from the usual porridge or buttered slice of toast then let me tell you about my delicious bowl of yellow joy!  This could be the easiest thing in the world ever, made with just three ingredients: water, chia seeds and mango. You could add extra flavours, extra fruits…I mean seriously, the list is endless. All you have to do is make the chia gel and the rest is up to you. 

Measure out about 1 tbsp of chia seeds into a bowl and add 100 ml of water. Leave to one side for about 20 minutes. The chia seeds will work their magic and start to split slightly. If you look really closely, you’ll see they end up with a force-field of gelatinous goodness that sort of makes gem look like teeny tiny frogspawn. I know, I’m really selling this to you!    

Then it’s time to prepare your mango. I don’t know why these delicious fruits were designed with such a massive stone in the middle, it’s SO annoying (#firstworldproblems, eh?!) I find the easiest way to get as much of the flesh as possible is to cut off the fleshy cheeks from around the stone, then score them vertically and horizontally. Push under the skin and -hey presto- little cubes that you can slice off. Blitz the mango in your blitzer of choice – we have a Nutribullet that I LOVE – and mix with the chia gel. Give a stir and enjoy eating!  

This snack is delicious for breakfast but eat whenever (because you’re a rebel like that) you feel like having sunshine in a bowl that is also good for you, rich in fibre and the omegas that you should be eating.

FYI – I tried this with just strawberries and ended up with a very liquid drink, I think slightly more fibrous fruits may be best. 

Chia seeds are available from all good health stores and supermarkets too. 

Let me know how you like your chia!

Catherine x

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