Friday, January 12, 2018
Are you looking to try something a little different for breakfast or a healthy snack? Have you heard of chia seeds? Chia seeds are tiny black/brown seeds from the chia plant. They are a native plant found in Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and protein. Chia seeds are also linked to many different health benefits such as increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, improved blood sugar control, lower blood pressure, and increased fiber intake. Chia seeds have been becoming more popular in the last several years and can be found in most stores. They’re flavorless and can be added to anything such as smoothies, oatmeal, salads, yogurt, baked goods and beverages. Below is one of my favorite chia seed recipes!
2 cups milk (can use almond, soy, or coconut as a substitution)
½ cup of chia seeds
1 tablespoon maple syrup (can also use honey or any other sweetener)
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
Blend all ingredients together in a blender. (milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract)
Pour mixture into an airtight container.
Refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours before serving.
Top with different types of fruit and enjoy.
Bjarnadottir, Adda. Chia Seeds 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits. Healthline, 20 May 2015, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/chia-seeds. Accessed 4 December 2017.
Jessica Hyrkas Greater Green Bay YMCA
Certified Personal Trainer & Wellness Coach