When nutritional therapist Lana Almulla’s new e-cookbook #EatForLove landed in our inboxes, we suddenly found ourselves very, very hungry. Packed full of easy and nutritious plant-based recipes, it features everything from breakfasts and lunches to dinners and snacks, along with top tips and facts on healthy eating to keep you educated and inspired.
One recipe in particular really jumped out and got our mouths watering: a healthy take on PB&J. Yes, it’s possible. And yes, it tastes just as good as the naughty version – if not better. Not only is it super easy to make, but it also contains a whole host of beneficial ingredients including chia seeds, berries, and nut butter.
“Chia seeds are packed with protein, calcium, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and soluble fiber – great for helping to regulate bowel movements and balance hormones. The fiber also helps natural sugars to slow release, avoiding blood sugar spikes and dips,” explains Almulla. Read on to find out how to make your new favorite breakfast.
- 4 slices of gluten-free toast (2 per person)
- Almond butter
- Maple syrup (to taste)
- 3 cups of frozen berries
- 2 heaped tbsp of chia seeds
Begin by making the chia jam. Heat the frozen berries in a pot on medium heat.
When the berries begin to defrost, add in the chia seeds.
Stir occasionally. Once the berries are a softer, jam-like consistency, add the maple syrup to taste. Place the heat on high and continue to stir until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Once cooked (this should take around 15 minutes), leave to cool and place in a glass jar with a lid in the fridge to set. Use as and when you want.
Toast the bread, spread on some almond butter on one slice, and chia jam on the other.
Drizzle some maple syrup on both slices, sandwich together, and enjoy!
Tips: You can make a large batch of chia jam and store it in a glass jar for up to five days in the fridge. You can also try adding different flavors such as vanilla or a dash of lemon, or by using different fruit that is easy to stew! Making homemade nut butter is another way to ensure tasty, wholesome, and non-harmful ingredients.
#EatForLove by Lana Almulla
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