The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chia Seeds may be this:
Let’s be honest.. how many of you or your parent’s had a Chia Pet?! I never did, but I remember always secretly hoping I would get the Chia Scooby as a birthday gift when I was a kid.. ;-)
Up until a few months ago that is the first thought that popped into my mind too! Now I see this:
Chia Seeds are an awesome source of fiber, fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and antioxidants. It is also the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids among non-marine whole food items. (Source)
I love adding a teaspoon or half a tablespoon of Chia Seeds to yogurt, oats, smoothies and cereals. It does a great job of plumping up and creating voluminous meals when the seeds are soaked in a liquid. Chia Seeds are amazing in over night oats and can thicken up a smoothie in a pinch! These small, but mighty seeds are the perfect super food and I try to incorporate them into my diet as much as possible. Since I don’t eat fish very often, this is the best way for me to get in my always important Omega-3’s. Here is a nutrient packed, and very filling breakfast that I enjoyed, which was filled with a variety of delicious ingredients including chia.
Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oats
1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablepoon flax seed
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
Put all ingredients into microwave safe bowl.
Cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir.
1/2 very ripe banana, mashed
Have you ever had Chia Seeds before? If so, what do you think? How do you incorporate them into your meals?
Who has ever owned a Chia Pet?! Be honest! Ha :-)