Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!

I hope you had a lovely weekend and that your week is off to a great start! I went back to the gym this morning for 30 minutes of lap swimming and afterwards made myself a tasty oatmeal creation…

1) Oats, Brown Sugar, Flax Seed, Walnuts, Cinnamon, Water- Mixed & Heated on Stovetop or Microwave
2) Chopped Apple, Mango Yogurt- Mixed In
3) Chia Seeds- Sprinkled On Top

Those chia seeds are just so photogenic, aren’t they? For awhile, that’s probably about as much recognition as I gave them. However, I continued to see these tiny black specimens showing up on various blogs and health & fitness magazines. I don’t like to just jump on the health food/fad bandwagon whenever something new and “soooo amazing for you” makes an appearance. I need facts and a reason for buying and eating the things I do. I must admit that it took me awhile to get around to it, but several months ago these little guys found a permanent home in my cupboard.

When I looked into the benefits of chia seeds, I found there were plenty of viable reasons. Why hadn’t I taken the chia plunge earlier?!

Some benefits:
Source of dietary fibre, aids the digestive process, manages cholesterol/blood sugar, helps with heart health, has anti-inflammatory properties, enhances energy levels, a source of omega-3/protein/antioxidants, adds consistency/volume to foods…the list goes on!
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There are tons of easy ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet. A few of my favourites:
Add to oatmeal
Mix into yogurt, apple sauce, pudding
Use as a thickener in soup
Stir into salad dressing
Blend into smoothies
Topping for chopped fruit
Part of a granola mixture
Mix with peanut butter (or Nutella)
In baked goods (although baking/high heat reduces some of its nutritional properties) 
*Hint: if you let them sit in water or milk in the fridge for a little while before adding them, they’ll have a much greater, gel-like consistency.

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Do you incorporate chia seeds into your diet? And how? I’m always looking for new ideas!!

On a completely non-chia note…you NEED to see this video if you haven’t already. Last year, my students and I read and watched a related video clip about brothers Conner and Cayden Long during one of our Friday personal development discussions. My class was so impressed by this story and it prompted some excellent conversation and reflection. I was really pleased to see that these boys recently won the Sports Illustrated Kids of the Year award. So inspirational!

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3 Thoughts on “Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia!

  1. I just love me some Chia seeds in overnight oats – makes for a lovely doughy texture!

  2. Yeah, I totally need to get on the overnight oats train. Tonight may be the night :)

  3. I have them daily. In oats, on toast, in soup. They are so versatile. Except they are annoying when they get stuck in your teeth haha.

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