Chia-licious

2 May

Happy Saturday!

Aren’t weekends just the best?! I got to sleep in until 9 o’clock this morning. It’s awesome to think that in about 2 weeks, I will be able to do that almost any morning I want! Oh, sweet summer time…

I’m going to back up to yesterday. Yesterday morning I was so excited to attempt my first breakfast with chia seeds!! I decided to follow Jenna’s instructions for Chia oatmeal.  So the night before, I combined the following:

  • 1/2 cup oatbran
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • dash of salt and cinnamon
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

I mixed it all up my oatmeal bowl and put in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, I added 1/2 cup water and cooked it for 2 minutes in the microwave. Then I stirred it again real good and topped it with a tbsp of Naturally More Peanut Butter.

Chialicious Oats

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You can just see all the creaminess up in there!! This was SO GOOD.  My new love = Chia Seeds. (never fear, PB, you’re still number one.)

Here are just some of the great health benefits of Chia Seeds:

  • the BEST source of omega-3 and omega-6. They even contain more than salmon!
  • rich in antioxidants
  • the seeds form a gel, that once in the stomach creates a physical barrier between carbohydrates and the digestive enzymes that break them down, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.
  • ability to absorb more than 12 times its weight in water, keep our bodies hydrated
  • Known as the running food, its use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs
  • a rich source of calcium,  B vitamins, iron,  fiber, and protein
  • weight control: keeping you feeling full for a long period of time
  • lowers the risk of heart disease, blurred vision, and numbness.
  • contains boron, which is needed for bones

Great stuff, huh?

Ok, now I have another bowl of deliciousness to show you all! This one is from this morning, and it included these two special items:

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Which turned into this creation:

 

Strawberry Banana White Choco Crunch

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YUM!!

This combo was actually made on the stove-top. I usually make mine in the microwave because I don’t have much time in the morning before school. But this morning, I decided to take my time and perfect this bowl!

The combination:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4 mashed banana

After cooking on the stove-top, I mixed in:

  • tbsp flax
  • splash of egg beaters (for a protein boost)

Toppings:

  • 1/4 sliced banana
  • 3 big sliced strawberries
  • a scoop of White Chocolate Wonderful
  • sprinkle of Bear Naked vanilla almond crunch granola

 

Now, I’m off to do my morning run! Enjoy your Saturday everyone!

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6 Responses to “Chia-licious”

  1. Jenny May 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    your bowls look crazy delicious girl! I love that granola 🙂 enjoy your weekend!

  2. Run Sarah May 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    Yum, your crunchy combo looks SO good! Have an awesome AM run!

  3. K from ksgoodeats May 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    Both bowls look faaaan-tastic!! Chia is definitely the new black it seems – it’s taking over the blogs for good reason 🙂

    Have a great Saturday!!

  4. sweetandfit May 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    thanks for the simplified info on chia seeds – they are popping up on alot of blogs – i really need to get me some!

  5. kristisummer May 3, 2009 at 5:47 pm #

    Love that granola. Just tried Zoe’s too. I think you may have suggested it. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend. Glad you got a chance to sleep in

  6. jesslikesithot May 4, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    Both of those oats combos look delicious!!

    I also cannot wait to sleep in whenever I pleaseeeeee, summer is so close! 🙂

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