Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

Now, you are probably thinking I’m talking about that birthday present you would receive when you were younger, the magical “Chia Pet!” Impatiently, you added water to the animal and overnight it would suddenly come to life, growing several inches of ‘hair’ or grass.  Well no, I’m not talking about this fun childhood toy; I’m talking about one of the newest nutritional fads, chia seeds!  Not only are chia seeds a great source of omega-3 fats; they are also loaded with fiber to keep you full throughout the day!  For more health benefits of chia seeds, click here.

If those reasons haven’t convinced you enough to try chia seeds, here is a list of 3 tasty and easy recipes that you can make to incorporate chia seeds into your diet! (P.S. You can find chia seeds at most grocery stores, typically located in the baking aisle!).

1. Strawberry Chia Overnight Oats

 
Recipe:
½ cup of Greek yogurt
½ cup of unsweetened almond milk
½ cup of gluten-free rolled oats
4-5 sliced strawberries
1 tbsp of chia seeds

 

 
 

Method

Before you go to bed, simply mix all the ingredients together.  Then, store the mixture in an airtight container for 6-12 hours in the refrigerator.  Now there is no need to rush in the morning because your yummy breakfast will be ready to enjoy!  Feel free to swap out the strawberries for ½ cup of blueberries.  Also try adding 1 teaspoon of honey for a little extra sweetness! Get more details on the recipe here.

2. Apple Chia Oatmeal

Recipe:
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup almond milk or water
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup rolled oats
1 apple (cored and diced)

 

Method:

Oatmeal has always been a favorite breakfast among many.  Now it’s time to take oatmeal to the next level: by adding chia seeds! Mix all ingredients into a bowl and microwave for about 1-2 minutes.  Then, enjoy your scrumptious, filling oatmeal!

3. Chia Fresca

Recipe:
1 lime
12-16 oz of water
1-2 tbsp of chia seeds

 

 

Method:

Getting sick of drinking the same boring glass of water everyday? Try “Chia Fresca!” Just squeeze a lime into a glass of water and stir in the chia seeds.  In seconds, you will have a refreshing drink with lots of added health benefits!

Written by Guest Blogger, Kat P. of Elon University

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