In the past I've always bought Chia Seed (a former roommate turned me onto the oatmeal alternative). Living in New York City, I thankfully have little trouble obtaining health foods + there is no shortage of healthy restaurants/juice bars.
As I mentioned I've replaced oatmeal with a chia pudding I make every morning that takes literally a few mins--not as much hassle as oatmeal. Oatmeal is great but it somethings robs me of energy--maybe I'm hallucinating, but that is how I feel. It shouldn't be discounted; Oatmeal is chalk full of nutrients--IF you eat rolled oats, no sugar added. Low in fat, oatmeal can be an ideal breakfast staple, however you must beware of additives.
Chia POWDER is even better for you than SEEDS. I was recently informed that any seed that has been germinated (made into a powder) is easier for your body to absorb nutrients. This is also true for flax seeds/flax powder.
"Inherently full of healthy omega fats, protein, antioxidants and dietary fiber, the small chia seed’s nutrition is even more enhanced by the process of sprouting. This germination of the seeds increases the nutritional profile and enzyme content, and allows the food becomes more easily digested and assimilated within the body."
Buy Chia Powder at your local health store OR here:
Can easily be added to your morning oatmeal or yogurt. Vegan, kosher, raw, gluten-free.
Personally, I mix:
- 3 tbsp of Chia Powder with
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened Almond Mylk.
+ mix for a few seconds. Let stand for 10 minutes. Feel free to add a sweetener if you taste doesn't appeal to you--like raw honey, or agave nectar if you're vegan.
Add berries for added fiber and antioxidants (blueberries are best!)
If you're not feeling the texture, adding a little bit of water or more Almond mylk (or hemp, soy, rice) and stir again.
I honestly am GENUINELY full after I ingest this for hours.
Enjoy and please SHARE your thoughts on Chia.