Maintenance – Raw Chia Porridge

Well if you haven’t noticed by now, chia seeds are one of the latest superfoods.  They are a great source of protein, calcium and many other vitamins and minerals.  They are a little on the spendy side, but a little goes a long way.

One way that I love to eat chia is in a raw porridge for breakfast (the Canadian in me thinks “porridge” just sounds so much more cozy that “oatmeal”).

1/2 cup thick cut oats

1 TBS chia seeds

1 cup Almond or soy milk

Combine the ingredients into a bowl and refrigerate overnight.  The next morning simply add the fruit of your choice.  My friends no I LOVE LOVE mangoes, so no surprise, that’s what I chose 🙂

Also, feel free to play around with the milk ratios.  If you want it thicker just use less liquid.  You can always add more in the morning. 

If you are cutting down on calories this also works great with just water.  I personally would add a little stevia and cinnamon.

The second way that I love chia is as an energy drink before my morning workouts.  This was inspired by the book “Born to Run”.  Generally I mix up this little concoction before I go to bed.  It thickens beautifully overnight and I drink it before I head to the gym (or the pool or streets these days :).

1 cup water

1 TBS chia seeds

juice from 1/2 a lime

1 packet of stevia

Source: WFM 1-10

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