I had the yummiest breakfast this morning! No, it wasn’t pancakes and sausage. My breakfast was even better AND it was healthy! It was inspired by the bag of chia seeds in my pantry. I had told a friend that I would write about chia seeds a couple of weeks ago. It took me awhile to put this recipe together because I wanted to get some pomegranate arils. It has been hard to find pomegranates since they are out of season and not too many places sell the arils. Trader Joe’s was having supply problems because of the storms on the East Coast. But, I digress…
Chia seeds are one of the food staples you should consume regularly. I will periodically feature certain wonderful foods and why they are wonderful. I’ll call them the “Why I Love…” posts. Subscribe to The Wellness Wife for future posts on my other faves – pineapple, coconut oil, and avocado – to name just a few.
Why do I love chia seeds? One tablespoon contains 3g protein, 6g fiber, 8% of the Daily Recommended Value (DRV) of calcium and Vitamin A, and 4% DRV of Iron. It is also a significant source of calcium – about 9% per tablespoon. There are more Omega-3 fatty acids in one ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of chia seeds than in an ounce of salmon. That’s saying a lot! The Cleveland Clinic has listed them as “a safe and effective product for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors.” This is based on evidence that chia seeds have been shown to decrease blood pressure in type 2 diabetics. They may lower total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol, and raise good HDL cholesterol.
Because they can absorb 12 times their weight, they expand in your stomach and make you feel fuller. This quality also makes them a great thickener or binder. Chia seeds can be used to make pudding, sauces, or as an egg substitute. Sprinkle one tablespoon on oatmeal or yogurt. You can also bake into your muffins, pancakes, granola, and protein bars.
Fruit and Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait
- 1 c organic Greek yogurt
- 1/2 c frozen mixed berries
- 1/4 c pomegranate arils
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
Put berries in refrigerator overnight so they thaw, creating a juice in the bottom. The juice adds sweetness without having to add sweetener. Try this method with any frozen fruit and ditch the fruit yogurt in the store. In the morning, mix in the yogurt, pomegranate arils, and chia seeds. For presentation, sprinkle some extra pomegranate arils and chia seeds on the top.
There are tons of great chia recipes online. Follow me on Pinterest and see what I’ve pinned! And, check back tomorrow when I talk about why I love pineapple!
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- Why I Love Pineapple