Ain’t Chia Sweet?

7 Mar

{Scroll down for Overnight Oats recipe!}

Happy Hump Day! How’s the week going? We’re halfway there. (Please refrain from any Bon Jovi jokes. No, seriously.)

So even though I haven’t been blogging at Upbeat Eats for long, I’ve been following the healthy living blogging community for well over a year. My watching from a distance led me to two comments/questions:

1. What an awesome community full of cool people from a broad range of backgrounds, providing useful information, fun ideas and lots of support to one another

and 2. What in the hell is a chia seed??

I noticed a lot of bloggers casually adding chia seeds to lots of things, but didn’t understand the benefit or purpose until recently.

If you’re at all familiar with chia’s more well-known cousin the flax seed, you can file them under the same category. BUT chia has a few distinct advantages: it is even more rich in Omega-3’s (fatty acids), they are so rich in antioxidants they can be stored for a long time without going rancid, AND they do not necessarily have to be ground to make their nutrients accessible to the body (though it can help our bodies digest more easily.)

{The coolest thing about Chia seeds?} They form a natural gel when allowed to soak in liquid, which means they have the ability to thicken up your recipes while providing a punch in the gut of nutrition!

There are many many ideas for chia seeds usages to be found on the internets, but my favorite uses so far are…

1. Smoothies

{It’s recommended that you add no more than 1 TBSP chia seeds to 8 ounces of smoothie. Before doing so, it also helps to either soak them in liquid for 15 minutes, or grind them up in your blender first. Not required, but supposedly helps with the digestion process.}

Or 2. oatmeal!

See those seed guys in there? I know that image is looking a little… seedy, but bear with me — this gets good.

I have encountered so many bloggers consuming “Overnight Oats”, and chia seeds are kind of the secret ingredient. It took me a while to take the plunge and spend $9.99 for a {HUGE} bag, but I finally did it and made a batch of my own.

Overnight Oats
{Recipe inspired by Peanut Butter Fingers}

1/3 C. Oats
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 C. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
1 packet Stevia or natural sweetener of choice
Mix-ins! (For me, 3/4 C. blueberries, 1 TBSP almond butter & cinnamon)

In a bowl or tupperware, combine oats, yogurt, almond milk, seeds & stevia. Mix well, cover, and toss it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, stir up the thick mixture with a splash of almond milk. Add in your mix ins …

& EAT UP!

Have you ever tried Chia seeds? Do gelatinous seeds freak you out a little bit?

While we’re here – did I mention I’m not a nutritionist or health professional? Just a well-read lady who is down with seeds.

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One Response to “Ain’t Chia Sweet?”

  1. John March 7, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I hope it was intentional to make the peanut butter look like a frog! Good way to add some fun to any meal 🙂

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