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Chi Chi Chi Chia!

I have a new goal: to eat at least one “superfood” every day. What’s a superfood? The term isn’t regulated by the government.  That means ANYONE can slap the label “superfood’ on something in order to market a product that might not be so healthy.  But in general “superfoods” refer to foods that are especially good for you. Almonds, blueberries and green tea are examples of these nutrient-crammed, antioxidant-full, disease fighting goodies. Men?s Health has a pretty extensive list of some of the best superfoods.
 
Missing from that list are chia seeds -  a superfood I?ve been curious about after reading the book, ?Born to Run.? In the book, author Christopher McDougall, describes how the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico are able to run dozens or even hundreds of miles subsisting on nothing more than a ?magical elixir.?  The secret ingredient? Chia seeds of course! Now if you think I?m talking about the same chia seeds made infamous by this awesome 80s Chia Pet commercial…you?re right!  If those seeds can make your pottery pet grow that much in 2 weeks, just think what they can do to your body!
 
Chia seeds are loaded with protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.  Two tablespoons have just 70 calories. These super seeds give a boost to your brain and can help fight cancer.
 
So that?s why I decided to experiment with chia.  I started out cautiously ?adding two tablespoons to my greek yogurt.  Despite the seeds getting caught in my teeth, I did like the texture and extra thick consistency the seeds added.
 
My next step was making ?Chia Pudding.? I mixed together half a cup of oatmeal (rolled), one full cup of unsweetened almond milk, two tablespoons of chia seeds and a pinch of salt.  I microwaved the concoction for 2 minutes and then put it in the fridge (uncovered) overnight. 

After a hard-core 45 minutes of cardio the next morning, I wondered if my chia pudding would satisfy my hunger.  The pudding was super thick so I added some hot water.  I also drizzled organic agave syrup to sweeten it up (you can add your favorite toppings ? I suggest granola, nuts, green tea powder, chocolate, or fruit).

The end result may not be the prettiest but it was definitely delicious, satisfying, and just 310 calories.  I?m officially hooked on chi chi chi chia!

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