Healthy Chia Seed Shakes
I have discovered the wonders of Chia Seeds, during the many dietary changes I have been making over the past few months. They are filled with protein, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, iron, vitamin A and healthy fats like Omega-3 fatty acids.
The hydrating benefits of Chia seeds are helpful for athletes, also. When eaten whole or mixed with water, the Chia seeds hold their water in gel form and release it as necessary. This creates an ongoing water supply already within the body and as exercise continues so does the release of small amounts of water.
Some easy ways to incorporate Chia seeds into your day is to grind them and sprinkle them on cereals, milk, juice, yogurt or smoothies/shakes. You may leave them whole, also, depending on your preference for texture.
I have added them to hot cereals, Hazelnut Stevia flavored water, raw hot cocoa and, also, made shakes with them.
Here are two afternoon pick-me-up shakes I have created and enjoyed with Chia seeds…
Banana Chia Shake (serves 1)
Soak 1 tablespoon Chia seeds in 1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage for 20 minutes; stirring frequently during that time. Meanwhile blend 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, a few ice cubes , 1/2 cup frozen banana chunks and an additional 1/2 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage together. Stir Chia seed combo and fruit combo together in a tall glass and enjoy!
Chia Pumpkin Pie Shake (serves 1)
Soak 1 tablespoon Chia seeds in 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (coconut, almond, etc) for 20 minutes; stirring frequently during that time. Meanwhile blend 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, ½ drop Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, ½ drop Clove Essential Oil, a few ice cubes, 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons Blue Agave Natural Sweetener, 1/4 cup pumpkin and an additional 1/2 cup non-dairy milk together. Stir Chia seed combo and pumpkin combo together in a tall glass and enjoy!