Indulge in a heavenly treat that not only gratifies your sweet cravings but also champions your holistic health with our Choco-Nutty Chia Delight.
Picture relishing a delectable dessert that's so nourishing it could kickstart your day – that's the magic of this creation. This recipe can be a fabulous dessert or part of aa hormone balancing breakfast. It seamlessly combines the sumptuous, guilt-free goodness of carob and almond butter with the superfood prowess of chia seeds.
What elevates its allure are the optional additions like cordyceps and maca powder, perfect for those on a wholefood plant-based, gluten-free journey. It is a dairy-free, grain-free porridge that is fabulous year-round.
Beyond its irresistible taste, this recipe from Dr. Ritamarie's collection holds the potential to harmonize your hormones, making it a versatile addition to your culinary arsenal. Whether you're yearning for a wholesome dessert, a nutritious breakfast, or a secret weapon for hormonal balance, this Choco-Nutty Chia Delight has got your back.
Dive into the world of vibrant health, one spoonful at a time, and savor the flavors of well-being.
What is this Hormone Balancing Chia Dessert Or Breakfast Made Of?
Discover the incredible versatility of our Choco Nutty Delight – a culinary marvel designed to tantalize your taste buds while nurturing hormonal equilibrium. This recipe artfully combines a spectrum of nutrient-rich ingredients, each playing a vital role in crafting its distinct flavor profile and potential hormonal benefits.
At the heart of this creation lies almond butter, not only delivering its indulgent, nutty essence but also contributing healthy essential fats crucial for hormonal production and harmony. The addition of chia gel not only lends the rest of the meal a delightful texture but also enriches the dish with omega 3s, more healthy essential fats.
Carob powder, a delectable caffeine-free alternative to cocoa, imparts its unique flavor profile. Chocolate stevia or monk fruit elevates sweetness without relying on refined sugars, while coconut oil introduces a creamy touch.
For those seeking an extra wellness boost, optional additions like cordyceps mushroom powder and maca powder bring their unique attributes to the blend, enhancing hormonal balance.
A pinch of salt, hazelnut stevia, or peppermint stevia add depth and nuance to the flavors, culminating in a delightful and health-conscious treat.
Think of these as a delicious twist on energy balls or “candy” made from chia seed pudding. You could even add some protein powder to create a candy similar to protein balls.
How Do You Make Choco Nutty Chia Dessert?
Creating this versatile chia dessert or breakfast is a breeze, making it a perfect addition to your morning routine or a delightful dessert. Start by mixing almond butter, chia gel, carob powder, chocolate stevia, and coconut oil together.
For an extra boost, you can incorporate cordyceps mushroom powder and maca powder at this stage. Add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.
Finish by sweetening with hazelnut or peppermint stevia to your preferred taste. You can mold or roll this mixture into candies and freeze it for a delightful treat or pour almond milk over it for a nourishing porridge-style breakfast.
How Do These Ingredients Help With Hormone Balancing?
This Chia Dessert isn't just a delicious treat; it's also a potential ally in hormone balancing. Almond butter, coconut oil, and chia seeds contribute healthy fats crucial for hormone production and regulation.
Chia gel, an essential fat and fiber-rich addition, promotes stable blood sugar levels, which play a role in hormonal harmony. Cordyceps mushroom powder and maca powder, if included, are known for their adaptogenic properties, assisting the body in adapting to stress.
These healthy ingredients can, when combined, create a dish that not only pleases your palate but also nurtures your hormonal well-being.
Almonds and almond butter have a low carbohydrate content and high healthy fat and fiber level. This unique nutritional profile plays a role in stabilizing blood sugar levels by preventing abrupt spikes and crashes. This attribute proves especially beneficial for individuals grappling with insulin resistance, as it fosters enhanced glucose control.
The magnesium in almonds stands out as a key player in the realm of insulin function. Magnesium facilitates the more efficient entry of insulin into cells, ultimately enhancing insulin sensitivity.
The nutrient-packed nature of almonds and almond butter is truly remarkable. Among their riches is vitamin E, a potent antioxidant. Vitamin E's role in combating oxidative stress and inflammation aligns seamlessly with metabolic health and thyroid function preservation.
Chia seeds are tiny nutritional powerhouses that contribute significantly to metabolic wellness, insulin sensitivity, and thyroid hormone balance through several mechanisms.
Chia seeds are rich in soluble fiber, which forms a gel-like substance when mixed with liquids. This slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugar in the digestive tract, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with insulin resistance or those aiming to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes.
Chia seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically alpha-linolenic acid. Omega-3s are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and have been associated with improved insulin sensitivity and metabolic health.
These tiny seeds boast a substantial mineral profile, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Calcium, vital for bone health, plays an indirect yet integral role in metabolism by ensuring proper muscle function and signaling pathways.
Magnesium is responsible for glucose utilization and energy production. Potassium maintains fluid balance and aids in nerve transmission and muscle contraction, contributing to a harmonious metabolic orchestra.
Lastly, zinc, an essential trace mineral, participates in numerous metabolic processes and bolsters the immune system, fostering an environment conducive to metabolic well-being.
The high fiber and healthy fat content of chia seeds contribute to a feeling of fullness and satiety, which can help with weight management. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for metabolic wellness and reducing the risk of insulin resistance.
Carob, while often used as delicious and nutritious alternatives to traditional unsweetened cocoa powder, offers unique health benefits that can support metabolic wellness, insulin sensitivity, and thyroid hormone balance.
Both carob and cacao contain natural compounds that can help regulate blood sugar levels. Carob, in particular, has a naturally sweet taste due to its content of sugars like sucrose and glucose. Despite this sweetness, it has a low glycemic index, meaning it doesn't cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels.
This can be especially beneficial for individuals with insulin resistance or those looking to manage their blood sugar.
Carob is a good source of essential minerals like potassium and copper. Copper, in particular, is important for thyroid function, as it assists in the production and conversion of thyroid hormones. Maintaining proper mineral balance is crucial for overall thyroid health.
Chocolate stevia imparts a subtle chocolate flavor, adding a delightful touch of cocoa to your recipes. Stevia, in general, is well-known for its ability to sweeten foods and beverages without causing significant spikes in blood sugar levels. This is particularly valuable for individuals with insulin resistance or those aiming to manage their blood sugar.
Chocolate stevia, with its appealing chocolate taste, allows people to satisfy their sweet cravings without resorting to high-sugar alternatives.
For individuals seeking to support their thyroid health, especially if they are sensitive to sugar or have insulin resistance, chocolate stevia provides a flavorful way to sweeten foods and beverages without the potential adverse effects of excess sugar intake.
Coconut oil has gained popularity in recent years for its potential health benefits, including its impact on insulin resistance and thyroid hormones.
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, which are a type of saturated fat that is metabolized differently from long-chain fatty acids found in many other fats. MCTs are rapidly absorbed and transported to the liver, where they can be converted into energy. This quick energy conversion can help support metabolic function.
Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats, which are crucial for the production of hormones, including thyroid hormones. Adequate fat intake is essential for overall hormonal balance, and coconut oil can contribute to this.
Chronic inflammation is often associated with insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Some components of coconut oil, particularly lauric acid, have anti-inflammatory properties that help mitigate inflammation and its negative impact on metabolic health, including liver inflammation.
Cordyceps is a unique and well-regarded medicinal mushroom that has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine. While its exact mechanisms of action are still being studied, cordyceps offers several benefits for metabolic wellness, insulin resistance, and thyroid hormones.
Cordyceps contains bioactive compounds that are believed to enhance the production of adenosine triphosphate, the primary energy currency of cells. This increased cellular energy production may help improve overall metabolism and energy levels.
Studies have suggested that cordyceps contributes a positive impact on insulin sensitivity. Improved insulin sensitivity means that the body's cells are more responsive to insulin, which can help regulate blood sugar levels more effectively and reduce the risk of insulin resistance.
Chronic inflammation is often associated with metabolic disorders, including insulin resistance. Cordyceps mushrooms have demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in various studies. Reducing inflammation can contribute to improved metabolic health.
Cordyceps is considered an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stress and maintain balance. Stress can disrupt metabolic function, and adaptogens like cordyceps help mitigate the negative effects of stress on metabolic wellness.
Cordyceps contains antioxidants that can help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress and damage are linked to various metabolic and hormonal imbalances, so reducing oxidative stress may benefit overall health.
Maca, derived from the Peruvian maca plant, is a versatile and widely-praised adaptogenic herb renowned for its role in promoting hormonal balance, metabolic wellness, and insulin sensitivity.
This remarkable root contains essential amino acids like arginine, leucine, and lysine, fundamental for various hormonal functions. Maca is rich in calcium and iron which are important for hormonal regulation.
Maca is renowned for its ability to boost energy, improve stamina, and enhance endurance, making it a valuable asset for individuals with active lifestyles. Beyond its benefits for physical activity, maca has a longstanding reputation for supporting sexual health by promoting libido and addressing concerns related to sexual function.
Maca is also recognized as an adaptogen, assisting the body in managing stress. Chronic stress can disrupt metabolic processes and contribute to insulin resistance. By helping the body adapt to stress and supporting mood, Maca can be a natural and nourishing way to support your journey towards hormonal harmony.
There's no better time than now to whip up our delectable Choco-Nutty Chia Delight! This versatile treat is not only a yummy delicious indulgence for your sweet cravings but also a wholesome and nutrient-packed food that can kickstart your day on a health-conscious note.
Imagine savoring the rich, decadent flavors of carob and almond butter, expertly combined with the superfood goodness of chia seeds. What's more enticing is that this delightful creation has the potential to support hormonal balance, thanks to optional additions like cordyceps mushroom powder and maca powder.
So, whether you're looking for a guilt-free dessert, a nutritious breakfast, or a secret weapon to harmonize your hormones, this recipe from Dr. Ritamarie's collection has you covered. Don't wait; treat yourself to this scrumptious chia delight and embark on a journey to vibrant health, one spoonful at a time!
Choco-Nutty Chia Delight
- 2 heaping tablespoons almond butter
- 2 tablespoons Chia Gel*
- 2 1/2 tablespoons carob powder or cacao powder if tolerated
- 5 drops chocolate stevia (or use monk fruit)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- cordyceps mushroom powder (optional)
- maca powder (optional)
- pinch of salt
- hazelnut stevia
- peppermint stevia
1. Mix by hand and put into a candy mold in the freezer if you want “candies”.
2. Pour some almond milk onto it if you want porridge.
*To make chia gel, we use a 1:3 ratio. Add the chia seeds to the water, and stir. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then stir again.
Chia gel is usually made by combining 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water, or you can make a larger batch and keep in the fridge (1/4 cup chia seeds with ¾ cup of water or 1 cup chia seeds with 3 cups water), or for this recipe, you can just combine ½ tablespoon chia seeds with 1 ½ tablespoons of water.
Where Can You Find This Recipe?
For this delightful Choco Chia Dessert and a plethora of other hormone-balancing recipes that celebrate well-being and vitality, look no further than Dr. Ritamarie's collection available within the Body Freedom Nutrition Lab. Here, you'll discover a treasure trove of culinary creations expertly designed to support hormonal balance and overall health.