Baby kicks & Chia pudding

Learn about the benefits of chia seeds whilst making this nutrient-loaded morphology-scan-oriented chia pudding!

THE STORY

capture-decran-2016-10-09-a-11-31-02To start week 21 I wanted to energize Noisette before his morphology scan. Between week 20-22 you are indeed meant to have a detailed scan of all the organs of your baby. And I was looking forward to it. The reason was simple. Apart from a sweet little bubble passing through from time to time, particularly in the evenings, I had not been able to identify kicks properly and was a bit ashamed of admitting it. For all I knew and to his father’s disappointment Noisette could be more into stretching and Pilates than into kicks and football!

My friend Céline and I had spent a beautiful time in her pool swimming and discussing the benefits of chia seeds two days before, amongst other projects. Celine is to launch a new offer of organic and fresh products for kids soon, one that will be delivered to your door. Exciting, right? More on that soon…

Following our conversation, I created this time-efficient Ninja breakfast: a strawberry and kiwi chia pudding that can be prepared in 10 minutes! Strawberry and kiwi were an obvious choice given their high content in vitamin C.

As I head to my morning tower class, I hope Noisette is tuning in too. I want to see those kicks and connect them -or not- with the sweet little bubbles 🙂

CHIA SEEDS BENEFITS

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  • Chia seeds are low in calories given how nutrient-packed they are: 138kcal for 2 tablespoons (1oz-28g).
  • Their protein content is surprisingly high. 2 tablespoons provide 4.7g of protein – about 10% of what you need on a daily basis. If like me you do not enjoy meat much, and are missing your Sushi Art platters, this is a natural way of supplementing!
  • They increase the blood levels of 2 of the 3 omega-3 fatty acids: ALA (alphalinoleic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These are unsaturated fats, the essential fatty acids that we love and that our body cannot produce. They boost your brain power, and protect you from the inflammatory processes that lead to many diseases and conditions. Be ware that for your baby’s eyes and brain development EPA but also DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are critical nutrients. Make sure you also eat some sardines or drizzle your salads with walnut oil and flaxseeds to get all 3 omega-3 fatty acids.
  • They are incredibly rich in minerals such as calcium (14% daily requirements/1oz), magnesium (20% daily requirements) which work hand in hand to build your baby’s bones and teeth.
  • Their content in iron (11%) make them a major ally throughout pregnancy to fight extreme fatigue. So does the fact that by slowing down the digestion of carbs, they provide us with more sustained levels of energy.
  • Highly rich in fiber (40% daily requirements!) they also contribute to keeping you hydrated.

THE RECIPE

2 tablespoons chia seeds / 15cL unsweetened almond milk / A handful strawberries / 1 golden kiwi / 1 teaspoon agave syrup

Mix the agave syrup, almond milk, and chia seeds in a bowl. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes (overnight is even better). Clean your strawberries thoroughly to avoid any risk of toxoplasmosis and chop them along with your golden kiwi in small quarters. Serve!

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