Breakfast is by far my favorite meal but coming up with new breakfast ideas is always a bit challenging, especially when you are on the go, and need something to keep you full for awhile. This breakfast bowl was created out of my need for breakfast that was simple, convenient, and well, could be made in a hotel room. Since I have been traveling so often, I have been stuck starving, refusing to eat the free hotel breakfast. So, after many frustrating mornings, the chia recipe bowl was born.
Chia seed is extremely nutrition dense. It’s a great bulking agent and definitely keeps you full for awhile. Furthermore, it’s my favorite recommendation to anyone who is dealing with slow transit time, aka, constipation. Just a few of my favorite facts about chia:
- 8x More Omega-3s Than Salmon – chia offers superior Omega 3 benefits to fish oils and salmon without the strong taste. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, growth and development. Chia is the richest vegetarian source of EFA’s in nature, with over 2,500mg of Omega-3s per tablespoon.
- 25% more Dietary Fiber than Flax Seed – Rich fiber content is one of the main reasons chia is considered nature’s perfect whole food. Dietary fiber has been proven to lower high blood levels of cholesterol. Because of chia’s ability to absorb several times its weight in water, it may also help to curb hunger.
- 30% more Antioxidants than Blueberries – Laboratory and research has shown antioxidants help prevent the free radical damage that is associated with cancer.
- 15x more Magnesium than Broccoli – Magnesium helps with formation of bone and teeth and assists in the absorption of calcium and potassium. Where calcium stimulates the muscles, magnesium is used to relax the muscles.
- 7x more Antioxidants than Oranges – antioxidants promotes a healthy immune system, helps wounds heal, maintains connective tissue and aids in the absorption of iron.
- 6x more Calcium than Whole Milk – Calcium is the chief supportive element in bones and teeth. Calcium salts make up about 70% of bone by weight and give your bone its strength and rigidity.
- 3x more Iron than Spinach – The main function of iron is to help carry oxygen from the lungs to the muscles and other organs. When iron is low this oxygen consumption slows down.
- 50% more Folate than Asparagus – Folate is needed to make DNA and RNA – which is critical during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate also helps to prevent changes to DNA that my lead to cancer.
Okay, okay now for the chia recipe:
2-3 Tbs Chia seeds
1 Tbs Tocos (for a creamy vanilla flavor packed with Vitamin E and nutrients)
1 Tbs Maca (awesome adaptogenic root for improved energy, mood and hormone balance)
1/2-1 Scoop Brown Rice Protein Powder
1 Tsp Coconut Oil (great fat for sustained energy and improved metabolism)- I put some in a small mason jar in advance
1 Tbs Hemp Seeds (essential fatty acids, minerals and protein)
1 Tbs Goji Berries (super tasty and a super vitamin C boost)
1 Tbs Cacao Nibs (packed with magnesium, minerals and crunch)
1 chopped up Banana and fresh berries
* Note: you can choose to also add any fresh ground nut butter (raw is best) such as almond or cashew.
1. Take 2-3 tbs of chia seeds and put in a bowl. Add about 4-6 ounces of hot water and stir. They will magically turn into an oatmeal- like consistency in about 3 minutes.
2. Add in other ingredients and mix.
3. That’s it! Enjoy!