Chia Seeds + A Recipe by Spark[le]

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about chia seeds. Now have you tried it? Maybe not. I’ve only tried it once, in water, and it was not my favorite. However, Drea from Spark[le] has these amazing recipes where we can incorporate chia seeds in our diet!

At the beginning of the month Tatiana from Om Tati contributed to Belle En Rouge where she talked about yoga, so if you haven’t read that, I recommend it.

After reading this piece by Drea, head on over to her website where you can read my recipe on how to make MACA OATMEAL MUFFINS. yumm


Hey pretty people

How are we today?! My name is Drea Marie and I am so excited to meet you guys.
I blog over at spark{le} but I’ve taken over Belle en Rouge today to share one of my secret weapons with you lovely readers.

CHIA SEEDS

chia seeds

How many of you have tried them? Anyone? Well if you have or have not, you’re in luck today. I’m explaining the benefits of chia seeds and also including my go-to chia recipes.

The 411 on Chia Seeds:

+ Stabilizes Blood Sugar.
IMPORTANT! Have you heard of a ‘sugar high‘? When you gorge on sweets your body over compensates, which sends your organs into a turbulent state AKA not good. This results in a drastic energy, mood and blood sugar crash. Chia seeds stabilize your blood sugars. They are actually testing chia seeds to be a treatment for type-2 diabetes. Best to eat them in the morning {between breakfast + lunch for me} in order to help stabilize your blood glucose, cravings and energy all day.

+ Full of Fibre.
According to the Huffington post, “just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre”. Helloooo, SO good for GI and digestive health.

+ Good for the Brain.
Packed with Omega-3, chia is key for keeping your mind quick and sharp.

+ Multi-Vitamin — Cal, Mang & Phos.
Want stronger teeth & bones? Not eating a ton of milk or cheese? Bring on the chia. It’s crammed full of vitamins to keep our bones strong and sturdy.

+ Protein Punch.
Vegetarians are jumping for joy over these seeds. ONE ounce of chia seeds has 4.4 grams of protein.. almost 10% of your daily value.

+ Flat Bellies & Appetite Regulator.
Since chia seeds are fabulous blood sugar stabilizers, they coincidentally fight insulin resistance which increases belly fat. Chia seeds > belly fat. ALSO, when chia seeds become wet, they turn into a gelatinous form that slowly navigates through your gut handing out nutrients and removing toxins. In turn, the chia jelly helps to keep us fuller for longer. #Winning.

+ Heart Health.
Chia seeds are all about spreading the love and of course they wouldn’t leave out your ticker. Chia seeds can be tied into lower blood pressure and increasing healthy cholesterol while lowering the bad.

For even more info, Dr. Oz has talked many times about the benefits of Chia Seeds… Check it out here.

{cited from HuffingtonPost.com}

Recipes

Chia Seed Pudding

One of my go-to recipes FORSURE. I eat this mid-morning to regulate my blood glucose through out the day and keep me feeling full.

chia seed pudding

Base:

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

  • 3 – 4 tbs non-dairy milk, depends how thick you’d like it.

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

  • Couple sprinkles of cinnamon {to your liking}

  • 1 tsp of maple syrup or your fav sweetener

Add-ins:

  • Nutmeg

  • Berries

  • Banana

  • Cocoa powder

  • Dates

Toppings:

  • Crushed nuts {almonds, cashews, etc}

  • Shredded coconut

  • Fresh berries

  • Fresh banana

  • Brown sugar

  • Slivered dark chocolate

  • Splash of cream :P

Instructions:

  1. Basically toss all the ingredients listed for the chia seed pudding base into a small tupperware container.

  2. Put it into the fridge overnight.

  3. In the morning give it a good shake and throw it in your bag. Eat it as a snack between breakfast and lunch for additional energy and to stabilize your blood sugars throughout the day!

    + The add-ins are optional. Pick and choose your favs and add them to the base before you let it set in the fridge.

    + The toppings are to be added prior to eating. Mix it up! Get creative ;)

Amazeballs

Perfect mid-afternoon snack or after dinner dessert!

amazeballs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates {high in Iron and fibre}

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut

  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

  • 3/4 hazelnuts

  • 1/4 cup Chia seeds

  • 3/4 cup cacao nibs

  • Cinnamon {several dashes}

  • Cocoa powder {however you want it girl}

Instructions

  • Tip: Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes. While the dates are soaking, in a food processor grind up the coconut, cranberries, hazelnuts and chia seeds until it’s a rough flour like texture.

  • Dump the mixture into a large bowl. Let cool in the fridge for about 10 mins and watch some RKOBH {Rich Kids of Bev Hills, obvi}

  • Next, put the softened dates, cacao chips, cinnamon and cocoa powder in the food processor and process until blended.

  • Dump date mixture into the large bowl as well. Mix everything together with your hands and form into balls.

  • Cool on a baking pan in the fridge for an hour or so. PS: Try adding some chocolate protein powder to add extra kick to those little beauties

Morning Smoothie Recipe

Try having this breakfast smoothie every day to help give your GI system a break while replenishing it with a TON of vitamins and minerals at the same time.

  • 1 ripe banana

  • 1 teaspoon of Spirulina OR a couple handfuls of fresh spinach

  • Couple dashes of cinnamon

  • Scoop of Whey Protein Isolate {I use LeanFit Vanilla}

  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

  • Unsweetened dairy free milk {I use Silk Coconut}

  • 2 ice cubes

Toss the first 6 ingredients into your blender. Fill the cup 3/4 full with whatever dairy free milk you’ve decided on. Blend. Once combined, toss in the 2 ice cubes and blend for an additional 30 seconds.
There ya go. Enjoy your vitamin enriched breakfast that won’t weigh you down.

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If you’re craving some more delicious chia seed recipes check out my Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust, Lemon Coconut Chia Bars and Overnight Quinoa recipes.

Well that’s all for today loves. Make sure to follow me around on Instagram for more secrets or send me an email on spark{le}.

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