What the Flip Are Chia Seeds Anyway?
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
2. Chia seeds are chock full of fiber AND also contain tryptophan (the amino acid responsible for your post Thanksgiving snooze) both of which will fill you up and keep you feeling full longer. A one ounce serving of chia seeds has close to 11 grams of fiber which is great for digestive regulation while tryptophan also helps improve your mood.
3. Chia seeds have mad protein, and are a perfect addition to your diet if you happen to be a vegetarian. One 28 gram serving has close to 10% of your daily recommended intake of protein without ANY cholesterol.
4. Phosphorous is not just something that sounds like a noxious gas (hint: it isn't!), but actually something that your body uses to repair bones and tissue. Chia seeds have 27% of your daily phosphorous and 18% of your daily calcium value which can only mean that you better brush those pearly whites because they are going to stick around for a while.
5. There's nothing fishy about chia seeds, but they do have a TON of Omega-3 fatty acids which are imperative for brain health and which some studies have shown can help prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's.
"Alright," you might be saying. "But why in the world would I just eat these tiny seeds. I mean, are they even good?" My answer to you? Duh. Yes. They are delicious, and you can eat in them in a number of ways: throw them in salads, add them to your smoothie, eat them on ANYTHING. I mean it. You can't really taste them. But if you want a tasty breakfast idea, simply keep reading!
Raspberry & Banana Chia Overnight Oats
-4 tablespoons chia seeds
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-1 1/2 cups of milk
-1 tsp of vanilla
-1 cup fresh raspberries
-1 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
-splash of lemon juice
-1 banana, sliced
-granola and chopped almonds for garnish
1. In a jar, combine the chia seeds, rolled oats, and milk. Add a squeeze of honey or agave nectar to taste.
2. Mix well and stick in the fridge to soak overnight. The mixture will thicken as the chia seeds expand.
3. Combine raspberries, honey, and lemon in a jar. Use the back of a spoon to mash the mixture together until it creates a jam-like consistency
4. Stick in the fridge.
5. In the morning, mix the chia overnight oats to evenly combine.
6. Use two glass jars and gradually add each layer to the jar. Begin with a layer of the chia oat mixture, top that with raspberry jam, and then layer of sliced banana.
7. Add the remaining chia oat mixture and top with almond butter and a sprinkling granola for a little crunch factor.
8. Alternately, arrange chia oat mixture with raspberry jam and toppings in a bowl as pictured
Trust me you guys...this breakfast was delicious, and it is always and added bonus when I don't have to cook in the mornings.
Have you tried chia seeds? How do you incorporate them in your diet?
Photos courtesy of: 1.) Oh Happy Belly 2.) The Interro Bang 3.) Into the Gloss