So what are chia seeds, and why should you care about them? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t tried them yet. I’m only just getting around to it myself. Chia are the little black seeds of a plant that grows in Mexico and Central America. They’ve been cultivated as a food crop for centuries, and for some reason that’s really important to me, like, this isn’t just a crazy fly by night fad, this is one of those superfoods, like quinoa, that’s being rediscovered. And like so many seeds, they pack a ton of nutrition in that teensy tiny package. But probably the most interesting thing about chia seeds, though, is that they absorb 12 times their weight in liquid, so when you add them to, say, milk, you will get a kind of ‘pudding’, thickened by the seeds themselves as they expand and take on a sort of gelatinous texture.
You’ll see them added to smoothies and energy drinks a lot, but I thought it would be especially great in my morning yogurt. When you serve it like I do with citrus sections and wheat germ, you’re looking at possibly the healthiest breakfast on the planet.
Just stir the seeds into your yogurt, add a little honey or vanilla if you like, and then cover it tightly and let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, or overnight. The seeds will expand and give it an almost tapioca like effect.
You can expect to feel fuller, and get an energy boost, along with a dose of protein, omega 3s, and vitamins. There is no taste that I can detect, it’s all about the texture.
- Plain or Greek yogurt, one cup per serving (or coconut, soy, or almond milk yogurt)
- chia seeds, 2 Tbsp per serving
- honey or vanilla extract, if desired
- orange sections
- wheat germ
- Stir the seeds into the yogurt. Add the honey and vanilla, if using.
- Cover tightly with plastic wrap, or mix it in a mason jar.
- Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Serve topped with orange sections, a sprinkling of wheat germ, and a drizzle of honey.
Be careful not to add too many seeds to the yogurt because it will become overly thick. This is especially true if you are using Greek yogurt, which is already thick.
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