If you would like to increase the dietary fiber intake, this may be a quick and easy addition.
What is Psyllium?
In short, Psyllium is a certain type of plants (you have to get used to me – I am very good at simplifying things).
When it comes to healthy eating, “Psyllium” usually means Psyllium husks, the outer coating of the seeds.
It has been commonly used as a mild “colon cleanser”, the thing that helps your bowl movement, for centuries.
As far as I know, it works differently from person to person.
It works great to me but someone else may see no difference.
Even though it seems quite safe to add a small amount of Psyllium to your daily diet, consult with your doctor before you try if:
- you have had any medical history of digesting system (e.g. stomach or intestinal blockage, appendicitis)
- you are pregnant
- you have any concern
Makes 1 to 2 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Set time: 30 minutes
- 1-1/2~2 tsp cocoa powder
- 3/4~1 tsp Psyllium husk or husk powder
- 3/4 ~ 1 cup milk or alternative (e.g. nut milk, soy milk, etc)
- 1~2 tsp maple syrup
- Put dry ingredients in a container and mix well
- Pour the milk (and maple syrup if you like) into the dry mix.
- Mix very well, breaking the chunks as much as you can. Add raisin and stir if you like.
You may feel it’s very watery but it will thicken in a while.
- Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer. Stir well in between for more consistent texture. Enjoy!
You may experience a thick form on the top and liquidy part on the bottom.
Just mix well and put it back to the fridge for a while.
You can premix the dry ingredients.
Mix 2 portions of cocoa with 1 portion of Psyllium (e.g. 1 cup of cocoa + 1/2 cup of Psyllium)
Store in an air tight container.
To use – mix 1 tbsp of dry and 3/4 to 1 cup of milk.
Husks or power?
The powder is grounded husks. Both have pretty much the same nutritional value.
In my experience, husks are easier to mix with liquid than powder. The texture is slightly different but not much.