Why is that when people see something green they automatically think that it’s healthy… and really disgusting?! Ok, I used to be one of them people. Turning my nose up at everything from broccoli to salad, I would even steer clear of green coloured sweets, simply because of their colour! I don’t really understand what the issue is with green things anyway. It seems that as a child you’re naturally functioned to dislike it and refuse to eat it. I think that it’s just been associated with too many gross things in the past. Considering I have green eyes and everything I should be embracing the colour, not running away from it!
It’s only recently that I’ve completely nose-dived. I went from turning my nose up and recoiling in disgust at the sheer sight of something green. To being completely and utterly obsessed with them. They don’t call it green goddess for nothing, right? I have at least one big plate of veggies a day, and there’s a joke that if it’s not green… I won’t eat it. But obviously there’s more to me than a big bowl of veggies. Not a lot more, but a little…
Given my love for all things fresh and delicious, and when you consider the time of year (hello Halloween!). I thought it only made logical sense for my next Rainbow Chia Series experiment to be… Green, of course!
I know that most people opt for matcha or spirulina when adding a colour boost, but I wanted to do something a little different. Moringa is something that I recently started using, and I very easily fell in love with it. I add it to breakfast, sprinkle it in smoothies, and add a dash to my favourite yogurt. It’s one of them lesser known superfoods which are boosting with so many health benefits.
Made from the naturally-dried leaves from the Moringa tree, native to Asia and Africa. This is one of the most nutrient rich plants in the world. Not only are they a complete source of protein, but they’re also full of iron, vitamins and high in antioxidants. Forget fatigue, dull skin and colds. This immune boosting superfood makes you beautiful from the inside out, supporting your bones, vision, teeth and digestion.
I wasn’t really sure how this chia would work out, or how vivid the green would be. But it turned out so bright and well… green! A definite success and the newest member of my Rainbow Chia Series. I wasn’t entirely sure how to mix it in, but found that if you made sure that the moringa and milk were mixed together before adding any chia seeds, it worked much better. If you find that they don’t mix together 100% then that’s fine. It will most likely absorb in, or get stirred through when you add the chia.
Moringa has a slight spinachy, ‘earthy’ taste, which is perfectly complimented by the sweetness of the fruit, (I found that adding some sweet, juicy berries tasted amazing!). I know that it may not look too appealing, but don’t let appearances deceive you. On its own it can have a slight herby taste, and you generally taste this more when you add it to savoury dishes, such as salads. It may sound strange but I think that earthy is the best way to describe it. And when I say that, I’m sure you know exactly what I mean. That’s why it’s better when it has some sweetness mixed in with it.
I’ll admit that it does take a bit of getting used to, and that’s why its recommended that you start small (1/2 Teaspoon), and slowly build your way up to 1-2 Teaspoons a day. A little really does go a long way, both in terms of taste and benefits. I remember when I first started using this, and I sprinkled it on top of absolutely everything, I would use it as a sort of seasoning to boost my meals. Once, I added way too much to a bowl of muesli that I’d just made, and the flavour completely overpowered my whole breakfast which is why I would definitely recommend that you start small!
When this is made into a chia pudding however, the flavour is perfectly balanced. Once mixed in with the sweet coconut milk, and with a small squeeze of sweetener. The natural earthy taste is by no means overpowering, and instead you’re left with something that resembles a (delicious) green smoothie. When paired with some sweet fruit, or a little yogurt, the chia is absolutely irresistible, and truly delicious.
I know that the thought of something green may automatically make you think, ‘ewww, gross!’. But, don’t write this off until you’ve given it a go. I love the flavour, the colour, and when you mix in some bright additions, it looks even better. This is now one of my favourite flavours and I always have a little pot stashed in my fridge. It’s such an easy way to add a little protein to your breakfast or snack and you know that you’re doing something amazing for your body. And with Halloween just around the corner it’s the perfect shade of ‘spooky slime’, that would be one truly impressive dish to add to your Halloween spread!
Just a Little Sprinkle
Just add a light sprinkle to your favourite meals, such as smoothies, muesli, on top of yogurt, or even as a salad topping. Don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself! Time to add a spooky twist to your favourite plant powered treat.
Trick or treat…
Moringa Chia Pudding Recipe
My latest obsession… Moringa Powder! Full of protein and vitamins, this superfood seasoning makes the best green chia pudding… Ever!! Time to embrace your inner green goddess.
Yields: Approx. 370g
- 1 1/2 Cup Milk
- 1/4 Cup Chia
- 3 Teaspoons Moringa Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Maple Syrup (Or sweetener of choice)
- Add all the ingredients together in a jar/pot, stirring continuously until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Leave to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes +, but I find that overnight is best.
- Once set, and ready to enjoy, add some fresh, sweet fruit, or yogurt, and enjoy the perfectly green taste.
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