In a study on obese and overweight adults who typically didn’t eat much calcium, people who supplemented with calcium and vitamin D lost two more pounds—and more belly fat—than people who were not given the supplements, according to a 2013 study published in Nutrition Journal.
But you don’t need to shovel a bunch of pills in your mouth to get calcium and vitamin D—milk contains healthy doses of both, and is a healthy addition to any weight loss plan.
Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 401, Protein: 14 grams, Fat: 19 grams, Carbs: 47 grams, Sugar: 30 grams
Recipe and photo by Dixya Bhattarai, R.D., of Food, Pleasure and Health.
Makes 1 servings
- 1 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Pinch of cinnamon and cardamom
- 1 small knob of fresh ginger
- 1 Tbsp honey
How to make it
In a small pan, simmer milk with turmeric, 1 Tbsp. honey, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Strain ginger from the milk.
Transfer milk into a jar or a container. Add chia seeds with milk and let it stir.
Cover the jar/container and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Taste and add more honey if desired. Add nuts & fruits of your choice if you'd like right before serving.