Chia seeds are all the rage these days, and it’s not just for their ability to grow into cute decorative plants! It turns out that not only are chia seeds a delicious addition to many foods, but they are also high in protein (4g. per serving) and dietary fiber (11g. per serving). They are also high in plant-based Omega-3, providing even more than a serving of salmon!
Chia seeds absorb any liquid they are mixed with, turning them into a smooth gel-like consistency (which makes for great puddings!). Chia seeds are especially great for those trying to lose weight… their ability to absorb liquid can help you feel full faster, making it less likely that you’ll want to overeat. There’s even evidence showing that chia seeds can help to reduce high blood pressure and control blood sugar, a great benefit for diabetics.
Chia seeds can be eaten raw (they are very easy to digest), sprinkled on salads as a crunchy topping or even added to cooked foods for an extra nutty crunch.
One popular way to enjoy them is in Overnight Oats. Simply combine 1/3 cup uncooked oats with 1 to 2 tablespoons raw chia seeds. Add to this one mashed ripe banana, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 cup of soy milk. Mix well and let sit in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, mix in some maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance® Natural Peanut Butter and any other preferred mix-ins (fresh berries, nuts or chocolate chips are all excellent choices). Mix well and enjoy a delicious high fiber, high protein breakfast that will fuel you for the rest of the day!
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