Saturday, March 10, 2012

Chia Porridge

So yesterday morning I decided I wanted to try something new, and I'd just bought a new packet of organic chia seeds, but didn't have the time to wait for the seeds to soak and swell. So I ground the chia's and voila, I made a new delicious raw breakfast that is so quick and easy and tasty too!

Chia (said: chee-ah) seeds are quickly becoming very popular amongst many, but did you know that they were originally used by the aztecs as early as 3500BC? In fact, they were classed a sacred food, often used as medicine, and most popularly used as a food source for the soldiers, because of their ability for long lasting energy. Chia seeds were lost in existence for nearly 500 years, and are finally gaining the recognition and attention from scientists, nutritionists, herbalists, athletes, plant-lovers, health-enthusiasts, oh and yours truly!! The reasons are clear—chia is a “world-class” seed... A nutritional powerhouse all by itself. So while it’s hard to believe this miracle seed could be “lost” for half a’s harder yet believing it will be forgotten anytime soon. It’s just too good to forget!

So what are these amazing benefits chia's can offer?

Super-Energizing Power... For Greater Endurance and “Go Power”! Due to its unique blend of Protein, Essential Fats, Fiber, Complex Carbohydrates, and Antioxidants, chia is unrivalled among seeds and grains for providing energy to your body.

Improves Cardiovascular Health... Super high levels of heart-healthy EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids)...chia’s oil contains the highest-known percentage of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid, a whopping 62%–64%!

Stabilizes Blood Sugar... Reduces blood sugar swings...and supports conditions of hypoglycemia and diabetes.

Reduces Cravings for Sweets and Junk Foods—high soluble fiber content releases natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the bloodstream.

Improves Mental Focus and Concentration... Chia’s balanced essential fatty acids can signficantly boost your brain power...and brighten your mood.

High-Quality Protein—Chia contains 20% or more protein...a higher percentage protein than found in other grains, such as wheat, corn, rice, or oats.

Builds Lean Muscle Mass... Plus it’s useful for weight loss and weight maintenance. Chia is suitable for all lifestyles and dietary regimens, including low-carb diets (though I do not suggest this and will be posting on this subject in the near future) and vegetarian/vegan diets.

Gluten-Free... Unlike grain-source proteins, chia seed protein contains no gluten. You can eat chia without worrying about gluten if you are sensitive to it…or about developing gluten sensitivity. Chia is an ideal food for individuals with gluten sensitivity, carbohydrate intolerance, hypoglycemia, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or anyone who wants to avoid common gluten-containing grains like corn, barley, and wheat.

An Ideal Food for nearly everyone, including individuals with food allergies, food sensitivities, or food and chemical hypersensitivity. One study found no evidence of allergic response to chia, even in individuals with peanut and tree nut allergies.

Super-Hydration and Electrolyte Balance... Chia’s soluble fiber (hydrophilic colloids) massively retains water...keeps you well-hydrated and maintains your electrolyte balance.
Supports Healthy Elimination and Detoxification—healthy oils and fiber contribute to greater regularity and comfort...beneficial effects not to be underestimated!
Uniquely Balanced. Chia offers an amazingly balanced ratios of macronutrients...better balanced than most grains, seeds, and many other foods.
Built-In Antioxidant Protection for long-lasting freshness. Chia’s powerful antioxidants protect its heart-healthy oils, keep it fresh, and significantly boost nutritional value. Even after you grind or cook it, chia’s antioxidants keep it fresh!

Chia Porridge
1/4 cup ground chia seeds (black or white)
1 Tbsp ground flax (linseeds)
1/3 cup almond milk (see my recipe here)
1/3 cup water
2 tsp Raw organic honey OR agave nectar
1 Tbsp pepitas (soaked for 10-15 mins)
1 Tbsp sunflower seeds 
(soaked for 10-15 mins)
1 Tbsp goji berries (soaked for 10-15 mins)
1 Tbsp sultanas
1 Tbsp shredded/flaked coconut
1 Tbsp Bee Pollen
1/3 banana, sliced
Add any other fruit you may desire: Blueberries, strawberries etc
Put the ground chia and flax seeds into a bowl and add the almond milk and water.
Stir together, it will become a thick "porridge" consistency.
Add remaining ingredients and stir.
And there it is... SO simple, quick, easy, deliciously tasty and filling!!!

♥ LOVE BEC ♥  


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