We aren’t the only ones who overindulged a bit there at the end of this summer, right? Thought not. Which is precisely why we are so excited to share this frankly delicious chia coconut yogurt fruit bowl recipe with you: It is fresh, filling and chockfull of all the good stuff, especially that chia and coconut milk. More on that below though; first, here is how to make it.
RAW CHIA COCONUT YOGURT FRUIT BOWL RECIPE
- 1/2 cup to 1 cup coconut yogurt (depending on your jar/bowl size)
- 1/2 cup of diced fruit of choice (I typically use pear, banana and cherries, but use your favorite fruit to make it your own!)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon goji berries
- 2 dates, cut in small pieces.
- A few tablespoons of coconut chips
- Drizzle raw honey/coconut syrup
- Mix chia seeds with yogurt and fresh fruit. Leave a little of your desired fresh fruit to layer on top.
- In your jar (or bowl), start with the fruit-chia-yogurt as the base, then layer on top dried fruit and coconut chips and continue to layer as you desire.
- Top with coconut chips for crunch, a drizzle of honey or syrup, and finish with your favorite fruit. And for the final cherry on top, I actually put a cherry on top!
- Eat fresh. (Or, for a cooler bite, refrigerate and eat within a few hours of preparing.)
Now here’s why, exactly, this recipe is so good for you.
Chia seeds are packed full of omega-3s, fiber and calcium, as well as phosphorus, manganese and potassium. With more calcium than milk, adding chia seeds to this vegan recipe will give you all those healthy bone-strengthening benefits. The high-fiber content of chia lends it to be an excellent supportive food for the digestive system, as it allows for a cleansing, more efficient system of waste management in the body.
The omega-3 fatty acids work to keep the cardiovascular system of the body in tip-top condition, fighting heart related disease, balancing cholesterol and even lowering blood pressure. For weight management, chia seeds expand in the stomach and will leave you feeling more full and satiated for longer (even when consuming only a small amount).
And that coconut yogurt? All yogurt contains probiotics, which support a healthy balance of beneficial organisms in the intestines, which, in turn, create a more efficient and easeful digestive tract functioning. Taking probiotics daily in the form of liquid, tablets or in cultured foods (such as, ahem, yogurt) is a great way to fight and prevent conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), digestive infections, yeast infections and other digestive issues.
Coconut yogurt is made in different ways, depending on where you get it. (Yes, you can even make your own at home.) As an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, coconut boasts anti-aging benefits, supports metabolism and thyroid, and helps treat fungi and candida overgrowth. It also contains essential fatty acids, magnesium and other health-boosting nutrients.
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