(Naturally Coloured) Unicorn Chia Pudding + The Truth About Artificial Colours

You can’t help but not notice the surplus of unicorns and rainbows every where at the moment. Shopping malls, cafes and the internet are all littered with the trend. This unicorn ‘magic’ has even trickled into our food. Frappes, lattes, cupcakes, sushi, waffles, bagels and even toast have all experienced this magical touch. Although this current colourful trend has made eating a rainbow cooler than ever before, are  we eating from the wrong rainbow?

While unicorn foods visually appear beautiful they generally involve copious amounts of artificial colours, sprinkles and sugar.  Whilst added sugar alone is one of the worst and most toxic ingredients found in the Western diet, the use of artificial colours and food dye has taken our food to another level.

Upon digging beyond the surface of these exuberant creations the truth about artificial food colours is not so bright and happy after all. Following is a list of common dyes used in mainstream foods and their correlated health concerns:

Red (124) Asthma, tantrums and hyperactivity.

Green (142)  Asthma, hyperactivity, rashes and insomnia.

Blue (133) Asthma, hives, hay fever, allergic reactions and neuro toxicity

Yellow (102) Asthma, headaches, learning difficulties, skin rashes, difficult concentration and behavioural problems.

Information source: The Chemical Maze 

The link between artificial colours and children’s behavioural issues is astounding not to mention the connection with skin disorders and asthma. Now that’s food for thought!

Fortunately, the fantastic news is that you do not have to resort to living in a world of black and white. All of these vibrant, fun colours can be created 100% naturally with zero negative side effects.

You only have to look out into the garden to see the abundance of natural colours nature has provided. We do not need to turn to synthetic chemicals made in a laboratory to make our food fun. Super food powders, fruit and even veggies are the BEST natural food colourings and they produce fantastic results.

This unicorn magic is made from 100% real food ingredients. No tantrums, hyperactivity or rashes here. It’s super nutritious, tastes delicious and is totally fun to eat.

Ingredients

(Serves 2)

You may want to make this recipe in bulk by doubling or even tripling the ingredients. It makes for a great go-to breakfast or healthy snack. 

  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1.5 cup coconut milk
  • Maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
  • 1/4 c mango, mashed
  • 1/4 c raspberries, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp butterfly pea powder 
  • 1/2 tsp green powder (wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina etc)
  • Optional Toppings: cacao nibs, coconut shreds, nuts, homemade granola, edible flowers, seasonal fruit..

Method

  1. Whisk chia seeds, coconut milk and sweetener of choice in a bowl and allow to sit for 45 minutes until thickened. Make sure there are no lumpy bits.
  2.  Divide mixture between four small bowls
  3. Mix the mango in one bowl, raspberry in another etc until you have your four colours.
  4. Mix together well and adjust the colours by adding more if needed.
  5. Layer the unicorn chia pudding in a glass or mason jar to create a rainbow effect.
  6.  Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!! Will store in fridge for 3-4 days.

I would love to hear from you.. 

+ Do you have a healthy take on unicorn foods?

+ Have you experienced side effects from artificial colours in food?

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