Before we delve into the recipe, let’s take a look at what a superfood is and why it classifies as a superfood.
A superfood isn’t a strictly medical term but it’s used to refer to a group of foods that have significant doses of nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals needed for the body to operate at optimal capacity.
It has been noted that people who make superfoods part of their diet can expect the following benefits:
- General overall body health and strengthening of your immune system.
- Achieve and maintain desired weight level.
- Low in bad fats and processed sugars.
- Rich in antioxidants that help your body fight free radicals that damage skin cells.
- Improving your hear health.
With all the above in consideration, it’s a no brainer that you should include as many superfoods as you can in your diet. Foods that fall into the superfood category include tomatoes, oats, blueberries, leafy greens like spinach, chard and kale, chia seeds, beans, broccoli, wild salmon and dark chocolate. If there’s something on the list you don’t like, you can always mix and match with ingredients you like to develop your own recipe.
Chia seeds originated in Mexico and are rich vitamins A, B, E & D, iron, sulpur, niacin, thiamine, manganese, magnesium and loads of other antioxidants. They swell when added to water, which helps you fill up faster. It also helps to reduce food cravings by slowing down the absorption of food into your system.
I have two breakfast meals I make with chia seeds, which I alternate based on my mood. They are simple and take less than 30 minutes to prepare. I have outlined them below:
Mixed Berries & Chia Seeds Smoothie
This one I drink after a morning workout. You will need a handful of strawberries, a handful of blue berries, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar and some ice cubes.
- Pour one-third cup of cold water in the blender or Nutribullet.
- Add in the strawberries, blueberries and chia seeds, then the honey or agave nectar.
- Cover and blend till smooth. If too thick for you, add in a few ice cubes and blend again.
As it’s a post work out drink, I also add in 2 spoons of protein powder or acai powder. However, this is optional and up to you.
Chia Seeds Breakfast Bowl
Mix 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds together. Add in a pinch of salt and cover with water. Stir thoroughly then set aside for an hour. The chia seeds will swell. After an hour, add in honey or agave nectar to taste, stir and it’s ready. You can also use milk instead of water, add in ground almonds or hazelnuts and dried currants. Customise as you like but customize with healthy options.