Last week, I blogged about my latest find: chia seeds! Given the size of those little buggers, they really pack quite a punch. Someone summed it up best: In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia seeds is like a smoothie made of salmon, spinach, and a human growth hormone. Chia seeds aren’t superfoods; they are the crème-de-la-crème of superfoods! Other than just omega 3’s and 6’s, chia seeds help with weight loss, cravings, long-lasting energy, dietary fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants…you get the picture!
If you’re a bit clueless about what to do with them, add them to your next bowl of oatmeal and you won’t know what hit you. Chia seeds are very absorbent and develop a gelatinous texture when added to liquid so you can only imagine the power they have when it comes to adding volume. If regular oatmeal isn’t your thang, try adding chia seeds to a variation of oats: overnight oats.
Why you want to make overnight oats
- Easy way to tick off all the essential nutritional bases in one shot
- Overnight oats are a cold & refreshing breakfast–> perfect for spring/summer
- They’re creamy, delicious, and only takes 2 minutes to throw together the night before
- Great staying power- I ate my breakfast at 8.30 am and didn’t need anything before lunch which was at 1.45 pm
- Speeds up your morning process as preparation is already done & can be enjoyed on-the-go
Everyone has their own method of making overnight oats but here’s a recipe for one that was a winner for me. Again, pictures are courtesy of Blackberry so please cut me some slack 😉 .
Night before, mix together:
- 30g raw oats
- 70g plain, low-fat yogurt
- 50 ml soy milk (any milk will do)
- Pinch of salt</
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (or you can replace with flaxmeal)
- Half a banana, sliced
***Don’t worry that it looks gloopy. By the time morning comes around, the oats will have soaked up the liquid and have a creamy, dough-like texture.
Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with:
- 1 heaped teaspoon peanut butter
- Chopped strawberries
- Sprinkle of granola & nuts (for the crunch factor)
- Drizzle of honey
Other yum topping ideas:
- Any kind of fruit
- Choc chips
- Maple syrup
- Cocoa powder
- Cottage cheese
- Canned pie filling
- Fruit preserves/jam