I thought all my dear mamas might want my recipe on how to make your own delicious coconut yogurt and then turn that into the tastiest chia pudding. To start off, I think it’s important you understand the amazing health benefits of both coconuts and chia seeds. Once you know this information, you’ll see how putting these together into a simple, easy treat is one of the best things you can do for your pregnant body and growing baby.
Y O U N G ?C O C O N U T S
I’m ecstatic I get to share my love for coconuts! Coconuts are beyond healthy and nutritious for internal and external use. I have some form of coconut almost daily in my diet. Not only that, I’ve used cold pressed, organic coconut oil for my skin and hair for years now. For a pregnant mama and a growing baby, coconuts have amazing health benefits.
Young coconut water is a wonderful source of all 5 essential electrolytes helping to alleviate dehydration, morning sickness, nausea, and diarrhea, along with balancing blood pressure and pH levels of the body.
Coconut waters rich fiber content is an excellent laxative to ease constipation and enhance digestion. It also improves metabolism, while detoxifying your body.
Coconuts boosts immunity. It’s packed full of essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that provide resistance to infections. Drinking coconut water especially in the third-trimester can boost the amniotic fluid levels.
Coconuts are antiviral, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. The lauric acid in coconuts helps kills candida albicans which is the root cause of pregnancy related yeast infections.
Coconut oils high antioxidant properties makes it excellent for the skin. The oil protects the body from free radical damage thus slowing the aging process. Coconut oil is also known to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
Eating coconuts improves the bodies ability to absorb calcium and magnesium. This supports the development of strong healthy, bones and teeth for you and your unborn baby. My coconut yogurt chia pudding is a simple recipe that is power packed with vital nutrients for pregnancy. It’s also a great addition when used as one of your babies first solid foods. It’s soft, creamy and great to boost the microbiome for your babies gut too!
C H I A ~ S E E D S
Chia seeds just so happen to be one of my all time favorite foods. They are highly nutritive! Just a few of the health benefits are:
20% protein 5x more calcium than milk 64% more potassium than a banana 2x the antioxidants of blueberries 100% more omega-3 than salmon 41% of your daily fiber 32% daily magnesium 3x more iron than spinach
They are excellent for pregnancy as they keep the bowels moving since slower bowels can be problematic. I add chia seeds to many things I make from my kefir water to my baked goods along with my coconut chia pudding. Chia seeds work wonderfully as a thickener and binder in my egg free dishes. They add a lovely little crunch that is perfect for my granola and banana muffins.
The high iron and protein content makes them a great pregnancy and postpartum food. More protein means you will be satiated longer which can be helpful when dealing with upset tummy issues in early pregnancy.
C O C O N U T?C H I A ?P U D D I N G
Meat and water of 1 young coconut or use your DIY coconut yogurt
2 Tbsp to 1/4 cup chia seeds. This depends on your personal preference on the amount of chia seeds. The more chia the thicker the pudding.
2 Tbsp-1/4 cup sweetener-we use maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar.
1 tsp. vanilla
Blend coconut meat and water and sweetener in the blender together until smooth Pour in a bowl and stir in chia seeds. Let sit for 4-6 hours or until desired firmness.
This pudding reminds me a lot of tapioca pudding. I like to top it with blended or freshly chopped fruit.
Seriously, one of my favorite snack foods!
DIY ? C o c o n u t • Y o g u r t
I used to make it with young fresh coconut meat but found the flavor of coconut a little overbearing for me. I have since tried to use boxed and canned coconut milk and found excellent results! This is super easy to make! And is
a b s o l u t e l y • d e l i c i o u s!
I’ve tried most coconut yogurts that can be purchased in the store and my own is, by far, the best I have tasted yet.
This is a wonderful, healthy food source for when your baby is first starting on solids too!
But, most importantly
R e m e m b e r, all the vital gut flora that baby gets from fermented foods. This is of utmost importance within the first few years of life as their system is building and boosting immunity through diet.
My favorite way to eat it is my coconut chia pudding. You can find that recipe in my stories as well.
All you need to make this is:
1 can of organic coconut milk
1 probiotic tablet
a quart jar
a bit of cheese cloth to put on top.
Blend the coconut milk and probiotic tablet together. Pour into a glass quart jar. Cover with cheesecloth and wrap a rubber band around the top to hold it into place. Let sit on your counter for 24-48 hours until desired fermented flavor. Try it, ladies!
S e r i o u s l y • d e l i c i o u s!
This yogurt can replace any dairy yogurt in all recipes.