High fiber Chia Cereal to get things moving
A few decades ago chia seeds were a bit of a joke. They conjured up images of sheep with sprouted green wool. Don’t you remember the Ch-ch-ch-chia pet? If not, here’s the video to remind you/introduce you to this fad of yesteryear.
You might know that these days chia seeds are no longer a novelty item. Instead they’re enjoying their time in the spotlight as the highly nutritious superfood they are.
Now the focus is on chia’s high omega, protein and soluble fiber content (about 11 grams of fiber per 3 tablespoons). Soluble fiber is less likely to produce digestive issues than insoluble fiber and is also touted for cholesterol lowering properties.
This is all very exciting, but let’s not forget that it’s still fun to sprout the stuff, no chia pets need.
Unless, of course you’re nostalgic like me. Then you purchase a guy with a chia hair, like the one below. Or you can buy a traditional chia pet here.
You all know how experimental I am. I wanted to see if the chia seeds would sprout better on a chia head or in a bowl. So I tested it. Surprisingly the bowl won out.
Here’s a close up of the extra nutritious chia sprouts from my bowl experiment. Just add a little water and leave on the counter to get these sprouts.
Maybe that will be the next trend, chia sprouts! They make a great addition to salads. All I need is a jingle for the commercial. You guys got one?
But I digress with my chia seed fun. This post was supposed to be about Paleo cereal right? Onward!
CHIA CEREAL RECIPE
My chia cereal recipe includes the standard nuts, seeds, dried fruit and soaked chia seeds, but it’s also flavored with naturally sweet carob (a popular substitute for chocolate) and metabolism boosting Green tea matcha powder.
Matcha has also been growing in popularity due to it’s benefits for the immune system and ability to increase energy and endurance. Chia seeds are also know for their energy boosting properties.
The chia seeds in this recipe need to be soaked for at least 15 minutes before eating. That’s why it’s a great idea to make it the night before and put it in the fridge for the flavors to mingle. It makes for a quick breakfast. And heat it up on the stove if you want a morning meal that’s as comforting as it is filling and energizing.
ChiA Cereal Ingredients
2 Tablespoons of sunflower seeds
2 Tablespoons of raw cashews
1 Tablespoon of carob powder (I use this one)
1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea powder (I use this one)
1 Tablespoon of shredded coconut (I buy it in bulk here)
3 Tablespoons of Chia seeds (This is my favorite brand)
1 to 2 Tablespoons of dried berries such as golden berries (goose berries), mulberries, cranberries, goji berries, cherries or raisins
Optional: splash of maple syrup or honey
1 to 1.5 cups of hemp milk, almond milk, coconut milk or yogurt (I buy Hemp milk here)
Mix ingredients together and let it sit for 15 minutes (20 minutes if you want it even softer). Eat it hot or cold out of the fridge. Dress it up by adding fresh fruit like mashed banana or organic pumpkin pulp from a can.
This meal is better than a fiber supplement to get everything moving and enough packs enough protein to keep you from getting hungry before lunch.
- 2 Tablespoons of sunflower seeds
- 2 Tablespoons of raw cashews
- 1 Tablespoon of carob powder (I use this one)
- 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea powder (I use this one)
- 1 Tablespoon of shredded coconut (I buy it in bulk here)
- 3 Tablespoons of Chia seeds (This is my favorite brand)
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons of dried berries such as golden berries (goose berries), mulberries, cranberries, goji berries, cherries
- Optional: splash of maple syrup or honey
- 1 to 1.5 cups of hemp milk, almond milk, coconut milk or yogurt (I buy Hemp milk here)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let stand for 10 to 20 minutes as chia seeds soften. To avoid the wait, make this the night before and store it in the fridge. Warm it up on the stove for a hot breakfast porridge.