I am sure that you have heard the reference to "ch ch ch chia", but these little seeds have nothing to do with your sprouting plant. Chia seeds are multidimensional. They can become gelatinous to create texture for puddings or remain in seed form when sprinkled on yogurt or oatmeal. What makes these little seedlings super? They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation takes place due to environmental and internal stressors that lead the body to engage in a defensive response. Over time, an inflammatory state can be detrimental to one’s health. GI diseases, such as Crohn’s, IBS, and celiac disease, along with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's are all related to a pro inflammatory condition.
Chia seeds are cardiovascular protective and help to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. These seeds are also a fiber-rich powerhouse and contain up 10 grams in 2 tbsps (so you may want to be near a restroom following consumption.)
Additionally, they contain iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc all of which are beneficial for individuals, but especially those following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
Spiced Pear Overnight Oats
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond, hemp, rice or skim milk or water
- 1/3 cup old fashioned whole grain rolled oats (gluten-free if celiac)
- 1 pear or apple, grated or thinly sliced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Drizzle of maple syrup
1. In a bowl, mash the banana and stir in your preferred milk, cinnamon, maple syrup, and chia seeds.
2. Add the oats to the banana mixture. Mix well until combined.
3. Place in fridge overnight (put into a “to go” container to be able to grab on the go). Give it a good stir in the morning and top with pear or apple and enjoy cold, straight from the fridge. Add desired toppings as you wish, such as raisins, all natural nut butter, granola, unsweetened coconut flakes, fat-free yogurt, or fruit.