I love this recipe because it is simple, loaded with nutrients and very satisfying.
And in case you didn’t know all the benefits chia seeds offer, here’s a list of the gems found in this super food seed:
1. They’re full of our favorite thing: antioxidants.
Antioxidants are good not only good for our cells — protecting them from the effects of free radicals — but they’re great for our skin, too. That could mean fewer wrinkles in the future.
2. A small serving of chia seeds has as much Omega-3 fatty acids in 2 tablespoons as 4 ounces of salmon.
It can be hard to get the recommended amount of Omega-3s without OD-ing on salmon. Chia seeds can help you give the filet a break.
3. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber, which is roughly 30 percent of the recommended daily intake. A high fiber diet is said reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases.
4. They are high in protein, too.
Four grams for each serving (which is two tablespoons). That might not sound like a lot, but it adds up.
5. Chia seeds contain loads of calcium.
This is great news for anyone who doesn’t like — or just can’t — do dairy. The seeds contain five times more calcium than milk per ounce.
So here’s my recipe:
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp of matcha powder
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 scoop of pea protein (or your favorite protein powder)
Blend all ingredients except the chia seeds. Pour mixture over the chia seeds in a container. Close container tightly and mix around so that the mixture and chia seeds soak entirely. Place container in the fridge for up to 5 hours until the seeds reach a gel-like texture. Serve cold and garnish with berries and/or nuts.