Like most food habits, my breakfast choices have slowly morphed over the years. When I initially lost weight (70 lbs 8 years ago) my go-to was a bowl of All-Bran with skim milk. Then I switched to soy milk, then almond. I started adding berries and other fruits. Soon my daily cereal became oatmeal.
Then I started eating eggs more and fell in love.
Now I eat 2 eggs with a slice of bacon or ham and spinach or kale almost every morning. I LOVE it but I also thrive on variety and trying new things.
Queue the chia seeds.
I've experimented with a them a little before making a jelly and even introduced them to the toddler with some fun results, but I haven't really put them in regular rotation yet.
So last night I decided to soak a bowl for a quick breakfast this morning and the result was, well, interesting.
Don't get me wrong. I liked it, a lot, but the texture is, ummm, different. Slimy is a horrible word but the best one I can think of even though I realize it doesn't make it sound appetizing in the least. It's very refreshing and a perfect summer breakfast bowl as I find oats too heavy in the warmer months.
Adding in a little maple syrup and cinnamon was the perfect compliment. I could have eaten them alone but I decided to add a few frozen blueberries and sunflower seeds for texture.
Here's what I did...
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (30g)
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (any should work)
- ½ tbsp maple syrup (10g)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Measure out all the ingredients.
Give it a good stir, cover with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
The next morning I wasn't too impressed.
Until I gave it a good stir and saw how thick it really was.
Interesting, yummy goodness!
I added my toppings and enjoyed an easy, filling breakfast!
The blueberries and sunflower seeds were a yummy complement, but lots of other things would work too. Think almonds, pecans, walnuts, banana, apples, strawberries, etc.
The nutritional information for the porridge is quite impressive without the toppings. I can't get over how much fiber is in these seeds! And don't worry about the fat. It's all healthy omega-3s!
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|200||13g||14g||old: 4||new: 4|