Chia seeds have been around for thousands of years and were a favorite food of the Aztec people. They are best known for being extremely high in Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. When introduced to a liquid chia seeds will swell up, creating an almost jelly like texture. This aids in weight loss because when chia seeds are consumed and allowed to swell in the body it creates an effect of fullness. Since they are low fat, low calorie and chock full of important vitamins and minerals it is highly recommeded that they become a part of your daily breakfast routine.
The following is a base, in which you can add a plethora of different garnishes. The following are the ones that I choose to add:
Cocao Nibs – low on the glycemic scale, an extremely high source of antioxdants and high in minerals.
Hemp Hearts- Full of fibre and omega 3 fatty acids, they are great for keeping your nails, brain , heart, skin and hair healthy.
Goji Berries- packed full of antioxidants which are good fo the skin and cellular well being.
2 to 4 Tablespoons Dark Chia Seeds (depending on desired consistency)
1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (Coconut, Hemp, and Soy milk also work)
1 Tablespoons Cocoa Nibs
1 Tablespoons Hemp Hearts
1 Tablespoon Dried Goji Berries
1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar ( Honey can be substituted)
1 to 2 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl, taking into consideration that the chia seeds will double in volume. Stir to combine the mixture thoroughly and chill in the fridge overnight. Stir to loosen any clumps that may have formed, add any additional garnishes ( fresh fruit, nuts and seeds) and enjoy while cold.