By Allie Boudreaux
Remember the infamous “Chia Pet” trending back in the 1980s and early 90s? Turns out these little seeds are more powerful nutritionally than they are growing “hair” atop these plants.
The ancient Aztecs and Mayans discovered the benefits of these seeds and consumed them daily for energy. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength”. Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and iron. These little bits of power pack more alpha-linoleic acid (a heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid) than flaxseeds and are rich in phosphorous and manganese. Other positive effects include boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion, and lowering cholesterol.
My most favorite way to incorporate chia seeds into my diet is in my breakfast. Each night before bed I make a small bowl of overnight oats that are ready to go when I wake up the next morning. I have stuck to this recipe for years and it keeps me energized and focused…and it’s delicious! When submerged in a liquid, these seeds become a gelatinous substance and go well in cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt.
Add these to your daily routine and enjoy the health benefits!
Coach Allie’s Overnight Oats:
- 1 banana (ripe and mashed)
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon