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My Favorite Weird Food: Chia Seeds

30 Oct
Chia Seeds

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If watered regularly and exposed to sunshine, your nutritious seeds will double as a friendly plant.

I talked about chia seeds in this post, but I don’t think I fully communicated how great they are (as per the fact that the focus was on the oatmeal rather than the chia seeds). But now is the time to talk about them in their full, slimy glory.

I first heard of these weird little seeds in the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. He talks about how the Tarahumara Native Americans in South America use these seeds mixed with water and lemon juice as fuel during long (and I mean seriously long–think 24-hour) runs. They are one of the few non-meat foods that is a complete source of protein.

Born to Run

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This book is great.
Go read it if you love running.
Or if you think your body wasn’t made for running.
Or just if you know how to read.

So… McDougall claims somewhere around the middle of the book that eating chia seeds on a run will give you renewed energy and magically make running as easy as breathing. …At least that’s how I read it. So I mixed chia seeds with yellow gatorade and hit a mountain trail. And after about 20 minutes I felt like I was dying. So I tried the chia seeds. They absolutely didn’t work. Like at all.

Regardless, I still love chia seeds. They are so weird. But so good for you and fun to eat. They don’t really taste good, per se, because they don’t really taste like anything. It’s the texture that makes them so interesting. But don’t take my word for it… go buy some and try them yourself!

Ps: here’s the nutritional information…

Omega 3’s: When I hear “omega 3’s,” I usually think of fish (yummm). But turns out that chia seeds contain a whole lot of these bad boys. They can reduce the risk of breast cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, decrease your risk of depression, and even make your husband do the dishes. Psych! Unfortunately I haven’t found any kind of nutrient that will make that happen.

Also, turns out that omega 3’s are important to your little guy or girl’s growth! They are absolutely essential for neurological and visual development. And they help make breast milk after giving birth. Not bad, I say.

Anyway, since they are such weird little things, I’m excited to see what I come up with this week. Go buy some! Do it now! Even if you only sprinkle them on toast, you won’t regret it.

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Overnight Oats–Not for the Faint of Heart

25 Oct
Baby Feet

Two little crossed feet. I just love those tiny toes 🙂

I had an ultrasound today! Nothing terribly exciting, just like my doctor’s appointment yesterday, but I got to see my little guy wiggling around. So fun 🙂 He’s starting to look a little cramped because he’s getting so much bigger. Turns out that he’s still small though. I’m halfway through my 23rd week, but he still looks like he’s almost 21 weeks old. I just keep hoping that he’ll catch up to where he’s supposed to be by February 18.

And I’m not sure if I’ve been reading too much Harry Potter, but… does he look a little like he-who-must-not-be-named? I love looking at his profile in ultrasound pictures, but straight on… yikes.

Babyface

The line across the top is his arm with his little hand on top of his head and his forehead is just to the left of center in this picture. Those big black holes to the right of his forehead? Eye sockets. Yikes. I’m hoping he looks a bit cuter (read: less creepy) when he’s born… Is it bad that my baby’s face creeps me out a little?

Creepy or not, I just love him and can’t wait to meet him! And see his whole face and not just the bones. In the meantime, I’ll just keep looking at those cute little feet.

On to food? Yes, I think that’s always a good choice.

I was so excited to wake up this morning because I made overnight oats last night! I’ve heard that they’re something you either love or hate, so I was a little wary, but they actually turned out pretty well. I think I’m going to keep making these yummy things. Beware: if you don’t like Greek yogurt, this might not be the breakfast for you…

I found this recipe on this blog and just added a lot of chopped up apple and a tablespoon of agave nectar to give it a little more flavor.

Overnight Oats

Okay, let’s get real.
They look pretty freaky.
But trust me, they are worth it. SO good for you!

Overnight Oats
6 oz. Greek yogurt, any flavor (I just used plain)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (have you read Born to Run? I love these gooey little things! More on them later though…)
2/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup milk

Mix, mix, mix, cover, and let sit overnight in your fridge. In the morning you can add fruit, a little more milk to make it less thick, or pretty much anything else you think would make it better, because there’s no way around it… overnight oats are pretty bland.

Overnight Oats Transformation

See the transformation? Overnight the oats get soft and puffy and the chia seeds really get–there’s no other way to describe them–slimy. It’s in a good way though, I promise. Make sure to try this because it is so yummy!

This recipe made a lot of oats. You could actually have it for breakfast for two mornings. I kept thinking about them throughout the day and kept going back… so… yeah, they’re gone. All eaten. But don’t worry, I’m gonna make them again soon 🙂