I have a confession to make.
Yesterday, on my way back from the gym, after I worked out for an hour in the morning, I stopped at the local joint and got myself the biggest burger on the menu.
You know the one… With a buttery bun, blue cheese, and a hamburger that is twice as big as the bun itself. I bet this thing could feed a whole village in Somalia for a week.
I ate the whole thing. It was delicious.
Needless to say, I felt as guilty as Obama.
So for dinner, I had to balance the greasiness with a healthy dose of fruit and chia seeds.
Chia seeds are considered a superfood. They are full of nutrients but low on calories, contain a large amount of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants.
They can help with weight loss, diabetes, and heart disease. They support bone health and improve exercise performance, giving the body an energy boost.
It’s a good idea to add chia seed to your diet. You can add them to baked goods, like breads, muffins, or pancakes. You can throw a tablespoon on a salad, but my favorite way to use them is in drinks.
Banana, Kiwi, Chia Seed Smoothie
Start by adding 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of chia to the blender jar. Let the seeds soak in the water for 5 minutes. They will start to gel and stick to each other.
Next, peel and cut three kiwis into large pieces and add them to the blender jar.
Add one large banana or two smaller ones.
If you would like to add sweetener, Agave works best. I added one tablespoon.
Blend it all together for a minute or so, and you are done.
Chia seeds are very filling. I had this drink for dinner and could barely finish the whole cup (remember the huge hamburger I ate for lunch?).
Kids also love this kind of drink and it fills their little tummies with goodness. A great afternoon or morning snack.
A while back I wrote a recipe for immune boosting chia drink. This one is also a great winter drink. You can find it here.
So tell me… Do you use chia seed? What’s your favorite way of using chia seeds?
Till the next hamburger…