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Raspberry and Chia Seed Fertility Friendly Breakfast Pots

By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)

Start your day in a wonderful way with these delicious fertility-friendly breakfast pots.

Chia seeds are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acid (Alpha linolenic acid – ALA for short), vitamin D, E and B along with fibre, iron, antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, selenium, manganese and potassium. These fertility-supporting seeds help provide energy, fight inflammation, reduce sugar cravings and regulate blood sugar levels, also, potentially benefitting those with PCOS. Chia is gluten-free and as well as being high in fibre, it absorbs water to form a gelatinous texture which is very soothing and healing to our digestive tract. Chia seed’s high fibre content means they are great for your digestive health, eliminating toxins, reducing constipation and helping you feel full for longer.

Sprinkle a handful of raspberries over the top for a burst of antioxidants – an important addition to every fertility diet. Raspberries -are fantastic as they are a low GL (Glycaemic load) fruit- helping to stabilise blood sugar levels. They have been linked to protecting sperm from oxidative stress and in addition, contain magnesium, which is involved in the production of testosterone. Raspberries are a good source of folate too- crucial in helping to prevent neural tube defects in the developing foetus.

Raspberry and chia seed breakfast pots (makes 4)

250ml coconut milk

250ml milk of your choice

6 tablespoons chia seeds (plus 2 tablespoons chia seeds)

2 tablespoons honey

250g fresh raspberries

Combine the coconut milk, milk (of your choice), 6 tablespoons chia seeds and honey in a bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover with a plate and chill for 8 hours to overnight.

Mash the raspberries in a bowl. Stir in the 2 tablespoons chia seeds. Cover with a plate and chill overnight in the fridge.

Spoon some of the raspberry mixture into the bottom of each serving glass. Stir the coconut /chia seed mixture with a spoon until smooth; then divide evenly among the glasses. Spoon the remaining raspberry mixture on top. Enjoy!

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