It has been a great year for Chia seeds. They’ve gone from being a lesser known superfood to the one that you shouldn’t live without, and the reason behind this is because the benefits of eating Chia seeds are endless!
They may be small in size, but they are packed with vitamins and nutrients and loaded with antioxidants. They contain more omega-3 than salmon, pound for pound, and they could lower the risk of heart disease and type two diabetes. Almost all of the carbs in Chia seeds are fibre and they are a great source of protein too. Never underestimate the power of Chia seeds! These seeds regularly appear in my breakfasts and desserts and you can do so much more with them than just using them as a topping.
Here are a few recipes to help you to get more Chia into your diet. I use the Chia Co
Chia Seeds which can be bought online or from your local supermarket.
Post Workout Chia Shake
This is my favourite post workout shake, especially if I’m not eating immediately after I have finished exercising because it helps me to refuel and keep me feeling satisfied until my food is ready. I usually prepare this before I exercise as this allows the Chia seeds to soak.
-1 scoop whey
-1 tablespoon chia
-1 table spoon flaxseed
– Combine all of the ingredients into a protein shaker and shake it to mix the ingredients.
– Place your shaker in the fridge for at least an hour and enjoy this cool shake after your workout.
Overnight Chia Oats
You can have this for breakfast or add some dark chocolate to it and turn it into an evening treat. You can also experiment with different toppings and fruits to prevent it from becoming repetitive.
-1 tablespoon Chia
-2 squares of dark chocolate
-Stevia (sweeten to taste)
-Handful of strawberries
-Place the oats, chia and stevia into a bowl with almond milk and leave it to soak overnight or at least for an hour.
– Once the oats are soaked, top with fruits, dark chocolate and enjoy!
Overnight Chia Seed Bowl
from sports philosophy created this recipe for my running club and it was huge hit with both myself and the runners! It’s a perfect breakfast option and it makes a great post workout meal too.
– 1/2 cup chia seeds
– 2 cups almond milk
– 1 vanilla pod (split in half and remove seeds)
– Crushed pistachios
– Mint Leaves
– Orange zest
-Combine the chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla pod and store it overnight in your fridge or for at least an hour.
– When you are ready to eat, add the toppings above or ones of your choice.
Chia Protein Bowl
Another post workout favourite. Packed with protein and simple carbs (fruit) to help replenish the glycogen that is broken down during exercises.
1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon cacao
1 tablespoon of chia
Handful of chopped nuts
1 scoop whey protein
Frozen fruit/fruit of your choice.
– Blend your frozen banana, cacao, whey protein and almond milk until it achieves a smooth consistency.
– Pour it into a bowl and top with chia seeds, chopped nuts and frozen fruit.