Anyone else think soaked chia seeds are slimy?

I have never got on well with soaked chia seeds. They remind me of things like tapioca or rice pudding. Slimy!

However, knowing their benefits (see below) and always willing to give things a go, I thought I would experiment with a few recipes and then tailor my own. The result is on this page. This is a great dish to use pre or post workout.

The benefits of chia seeds are many:

  • omega 3 oils
  • anti-oxidants (these mop up free radicals released from process we use to make energy)
  • fibre
  • iron
  • calcium

This recipe also has quinoa which as many of you already know is a seed, not a grain. This addition to the recipe adds another powerful protein punch! Here are the reasons to eat quinoa:

  • high in protein
  • low glycemic (aids in regulating blood sugar levels)
  • high in fibre

In addition there is also greek yogurt to top off the protein. It’s benefits are:

  • probiotics (good bacteria to populate your gut)
  • calcium
  • protein
  • Vitamin B12 (brain health, energy)
  • potassium (needed as part of the process for energy production – read up on the sodium-potassium pump of cells)

Let’s get to the recipe!

Mix all of these together in a glass jar or container with a lid & pop in fridge overnight:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk (or your choice)
  • 3 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt

Option ingredients – Choose any similar ingredients of your choice:

  • handful of berries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (great for blood sugar regulation)
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup (leave out if you are staying low sugar)

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Charlene Hutsebaut

Charlene Hutsebaut is a Canadian Personal Trainer and corporate wellness speaker working in London. Charlene wants to help you become the hero in your own healthy story! She was a Life Fitness - Top 10 Global Finalist in the Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. Charlene was the only UK woman to make it and 1 of only 3 women in the top ten. She brings her passion for the outdoors to the core of her workouts. She aims to make wellness achievable for everyone, with or without a gym membership. Her love of fitness started early, at age 3, on her first pair of ice skates. Since then, she has completed degrees in Physical Education and Education as well as studying Athletic Therapy. She is a Stott Pilates instructor and has Functional Sports Nutrition Academy Levels 1 & 2. She has logged an impressive 15,000 PT hours in her 24 years of experience. Charlene’s training is a cutting edge fusion of pilates foundations, mind-body connection and traditional weight training. Charlene trains at the St. Pancras Hotel Spa, or outdoors, in Mother Nature’s gymnasium. When she isn’t training or making fitness videos, Charlene runs corporate workshops, and is the featured expert in Psychologies Life Labs and Monarch Airlines in-flight magazines.

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