{Raspberry and Chia Compote}

chia compote

My drive and passion for cooking is very much led by my desire to give my family the best possible nutrition, set them up with an adventurous palate and a curiosity for different foods. I am quite happy  that my little people are being exposed to a variety of cuisines and are familiar with super foods and know the difference between carbs and protein. I try to educated them as much as I can on the effects different foods have on their mind and body. Foods that can give you energy to run around in the playground and foods you need to learn and focus. It is all a bit fun and play, but the seed is sown I hope, so that one day, when they are on their own, they will hopefully make good and interesting food choices.

Nutrient dense food is also important for my own health and wellbeing. If you nourish every single cell in your body with the best nutrition, it can heal and function at its best. If I am out of synch, my moods dip and I feel low and lethargic. Listening to your body is the best way to find out what works and what not. And that is the hardest part. We have not been raised to listen to our inner voice and bodies. Instead, we follow trends and food fads, abuse our unique bodies with processed, chemical laden food, starve or over eat.

Over eating is one of my major hurdles. We are surrounded by such abundance that we have forgotten how much food we actually need to thrive. We are spoilt for choice and food plays such a pivotal role in the way we reward, celebrate and socialise. Food is a beautiful thing, but I wonder if we have not lost the reverence for it.

A year ago I was introduced to a revolutionary cleansing system. As a result, I lost 10kg in the course of that time. However, more importantly, along with all the herbal supplements, I rediscovered the power of nutrient dense foods, as well as the amount of food my body actually needed to thrive. Less food, fewer calories and a heap more energy is the result. Of course, it is a work in progress, but my routine around food has changed so much. I make my meal count, packing in as much nutrition as I can. This leaves me satiated longer and provides me with lasting energy and clear mind.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for us. The kids are at school all day and more often than not, they are too busy to eat their lunches anyway, so I keep them simple. That’s why we always sit down to a proper breakfast, fill their bodies up with real food, ready for an action packed day. This morning I tried a new version of our chia pudding, full of berries and coconut. This recipe is inspired by the amazing duo at the Green Kitchen Stories . Together with a creamy protein shake, this breakfast has set us up for the day.

Chia Raspberry Compote {serves 3}

  • 1 cup of fresh of frozen organic raspberries, mashed up
  • 1/2 cup of  chia seeds
  • 3 tbs shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs maple syrup or rice malt syrup (optional)
  • 2 cups of nut milk (coconut water or coconut milk would also work)

The night before, mix the mashed up berries with the chia, add the shredded coconut, vanilla and maple syrup. Ad your chosen milk and pour it into a jar, leaving it in the fridge to set. 

The next morning, top with some more fresh fruit, coconut flakes and some seeds and eat it straight out of the jar. These quantities will serve 3. I divide the mix into 3 jam jars before putting them in the fridge.

Two out of three kids loved it. My fussy middle child stuck to his daily porridge. But that is another story.

Enjoy!

Alex

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3 thoughts on “{Raspberry and Chia Compote}

  1. Eva says:

    Yay! So glad for your blog!
    Is this breakfast compote for 1 person? Addressing portion control is a work in progress for us….. Thanks

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