Chia Seeds for a Weight Loss Breakfast
I have recently discovered a very quick, delicious and nutritious breakfast, using Chia seeds.
You may ask what are Chia seeds and why are they so good? Well let me tell you what I have recently learnt.
WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS?
They are from the Salvia plant and are mainly grown in Kununurra in the top of Western Australia. After the tiny seds are harvested they are driven thousands and of kilometres close to Perth to be processed and packaged.
These tiny super seeds contain about 32 percent omega-3 fats which are essential for cardiovascular health, a healthy brain and soft skin.
QUICK AND EASY TO PREPARE
This delicious gentle to my stomach food is so easy to prepare.
I begin the morning with fresh squeezed lemon juice in a glass of room temp filtered water.
So next, I get out a small bowl. Add two tablespoons of Chia seeds and approx half a cup of water.
Then throw my yoga mat on the floor and do my 20 minute yoga practice, sharing my mat with Mr Darcy my scruffy but loveable dog. (The children at my local park love him and say he looks like he has feathers not fur!)
So next breakfast!
My Chia seeds have softened and I quickly add a mashed banana, some bee pollen, some crushed and soaked organic almonds or any other nuts I have crushed, an organic date or prune chopped and sometimes both.
Everyday I add different fruit, whatever is in season, or otherwise frozen berries or mangos.
I love to grate pear or apples into the Chia and this adds a completely different texture and flavour.
I read recently that one tablespoon of Chia seeds contains as much calcium as two cups of milk, making them beneficial for bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis.
They are a wonderful source of dietary fibre, which is necessary for bowel health, and protein which provides the body with essential amino acids for growth and repair.
Chia seeds are a good source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc and B vitamin, which naturally boosts health and energy levels.
Source: Extracts from “Nutrition News”, The West Australian.