I’ve been eating chia seed breakfast bowls for over a year now and haven’t gotten sick of them. They are a nice change from a smoothie and are filling without being heavy. Chia has been gaining in popularity in recent years and is easy to purchase from health food stores and online. If you’re thinking Chi-chi-chi-CHIA PET in your mind you are not alone. When I started eating these seeds that is all I could think about. I never had a Chia Pet but I sure wanted one as a kid.
Chia seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica which is a member of the mint family. I grows in South America and Mexico. These seeds were hugely important in Mayan and Aztec diets because only a small amount of chia seeds are needed to create satiety. This is a reason many people on diets consume chia seeds as well. While I was home I watched an episode of Dr. Oz and he claimed that chia seeds can help people lose weight, it is not the first time I’ve heard that.
Even more so than flax, chia seeds are very high in Omega 3 fatty acids. These seeds contain lots of antioxidants which allows them to have a long shelf life without going rancid. According to several sources chia seeds do not have to be ground in order to receive their beneficial nutrients. Chia seeds have three times more iron than spinach, are nearly six times higher in calcium than milk by weight, and are higher in protein than most traditional cereals such as wheat, corn, and barley.
Chia can be eaten for breakfast, added to smoothies, salads, as a dessert pudding, or in any recipe you want an extra boost of nutrients. Chia is unique in that they absorb more than 9 times their weight in water. They really help to bulk up recipes like smoothies and sauces because of this. They have a nutty mild flavor that works well in sweet or savory foods. Below is a great recipe for a superfood chia pudding that can easily be made the night before and ready to take out of the fridge in the morning. Simply mix your chia seeds and nut milk in a bowl and set in the fridge. In the morning you will have a wonderful pudding similar to tapioca that you can add your fruit to and be ready to go. Easy, healthy breakfast for busy people.
Superfood Chia Breakfast Bowl, serves 1
1/4 C chia seeds
1 C fresh almond milk
1/2 t vanilla extract
6 drops stevia
pinch Himalayan salt
1/4 c fresh blueberries
1 T goji berries
1 T golden berries
1 T mulberries
1/2 T raw cacao nibs
1 T coconut flakes
In a small mixing bowl stir the chia seeds, milk, vanilla, stevia, and salt until it becomes a thick pudding. Stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes then let stand for 20 minutes. As I mentioned above you can set this in the fridge to firm up overnight after stirring for a few minutes. Once it has set up add the berries, nibs, and coconut flakes. Enjoy!
I love love love this recipe and I hope you do too! Don’t feel like you have to buy all of these obscure superfoods that I do. You can easily top this with the blueberries, banana, or whatever fruit is in season where you live. Make it as fancy or simple as you choose. Please let me know how it goes if you decide to make it ;)