Foods that heal – part seven: chia seeds

Chia Seeds are one of the healthiest grains on the planet, but if you are not a true health food fanatic you may not be familiar with them. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, chia is a flowering plant that is a member of the mint family.

The seeds are usually black in color and were once an important food for the Mayans and Aztecs (the word “chia” is actually the Mayan word for strength).

These extremely nutritious seeds are a great source of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, and protein. They are also high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium which promote bone health.

As they are small, very low in calories, and have practically no taste they can be mixed into almost anything and will dramatically increase the nutritional value of anything they are added to. They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to porridges, stirred into yogurt, or mixed into smoothies and baked goods.

The following recipe is for very easy hot oatmeal (if you read this blog regularly you will be well acquainted with my love/hate relationship with oatmeal, and I am happy to report that I actually like this version …. Maybe you will too !)

Make Ahead Oatmeal:

½ cup old fashioned oatmeal

½ cup quinoa

Pinch of sea salt

3 ½ cups water

½ tbsp. chia seeds

1 cup frozen mixed berries

Almond milk to taste

½ tbsp. agave syrup (if you need a little sweetness)

Just before bed bring water, oatmeal, salt and quinoa to a full boil in a pot on the stove. Turn off the stove and stir the mixture a couple of times and then leave it to sit in a covered pot overnight.

In the morning microwave the berries for one minute and set aside. Spoon some of the oatmeal mixture into a bowl, add some almond milk, and microwave for a minute. Finish by adding chia seeds and berries. The unused oatmeal will keep in the fridge for a week.


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