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They may be tiny, but chia seeds are a super food that can help you fight heart disease, lower blood pressure, increase energy levels, and promote weight loss. Chia seeds are rich in essential fats, are a good source of protein and potassium, and work as an antioxidant.

 

How can you work these little guys into your healthy diet?  Try Overnight Oats.  Easy to make and easy to grab on the go, Overnight Oats can be your solution on those busy mornings when there’s no time for breakfast!  Or try Chocolaty Chia Pudding for a quick mid-day snack or dessert.  Yum-O !!

overnight oats

 

Banana Blueberry Overnight Oats

(serves 1)

1/4 c quick oats

1/2 c almond milk

1/4 banana

1/2 c blueberries

1 1/2 tsp chia seeds

pinch of cinnamon.

Mix all the ingredients the night before, put it in a jar in the fridge, and eat it cold in the am. You can also heat it up if you’d like.  You may need to add more liquid.  Play around with the proportion of liquid to suit your taste.

Enjoy!

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Chocolaty Chia Pudding

(serves 4)

1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 – 5 Tablespoons honey, maple syrup or agave (to taste)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Add all the ingredients except sweetener to a mixing bowl and wisk until well blended.  Add sweetener to taste.  Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 3 – 5 hours, or preferable overnight.

(Again, you may want to adjust your chia seed to liquid ratio, depending on the consistency you prefer.  You can also add oatmeal to your chocolaty chia pudding to make it more of a breakfast.  Just add more liquid if needed.)

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