Chia seeds are all the rage these days, hailed for their many health benefits. This chia porridge recipe highlights their benefits in a most satisfying way.
The mighty chia seed may look small and unassuming, but make no mistake: this is a health food of the highest order! Chia seeds are loaded with pure plant protein, healthy omega fatty acids, and brimming with vitamins and minerals key to a healthy diet.
A one-ounce serving of chia seeds contains nearly 5 grams of protein (9 percent of the RDA), 9 grams of fat, most of which is poly- and monounsaturated fats. There’s also 3 percent of the RDA for potassium, 17 percent for calcium, 23 percent for magnesium and 12 percent for iron.
Chia seeds also hold another nutritional benefit: they can hold about twelve times their size in liquid, making them an exceptionally hydrating food (when soaked).
Chia porridge is not only simple to make, but it’s a cool and refreshing breakfast or snack option when the weather outside is warm. We add our mustHave greens to this porridge, giving the chia an extra protein and vitamin kick with our signature blend of alfalfa and oat grass, kale, chlorella and spirulina.
1 cup almond or nondairy milk of choice
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon powdered organic greens
1-2 teaspoons sweetener of choice (such as honey, maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar)
pinch of sea salt
Garnish with fresh fruit
Place the chia seeds, water and milk in a bowl and mix well. Let stand about 30 minutes or until the seeds have soaked up all of the liquid. (You may need to stir frequently to make sure all the seeds are not stuck in the bottom of the bowl.)
Mix in the greens, vanilla, sweetener and salt and stir until well combined.
Garnish with fruit and serve immediately.
Image: Stacey Spensley
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