Saturday, October 23, 2010

Don't Eat the Chia Pet

When I think of Chia seeds, I typically think of those Chia pets you can buy.  You know the ones.  The little sheep.  The goofy faces.  Those.

The Chia seeds I'm talking about today are the same Chia seeds, but better.  They're for eating! 
Every single morning, for the past year or so, I've been eating oatmeal for breakfast.
I doctor it up.  In fact, I doctor it up so much that my oatmeal comes in at around 500 calories a bowl.
Two servings of oatmeal made with water (I don't like milk), a spoonful of peanut butter, about 10 dark chocolate Ghiarardelli chips, a tablespoon of flax, and a tablespoon of Chia seeds.

My favorite Chia seeds are Ruth's.  Pictured you see the apple flavored:

Now, truth be told, I like the chocolate flavored best (imagine that) but last time I went to our local natural foods store, they were out.  So I've been making due with the apple almond cinnamon, which are also good.  A bag runs around $7 but if you use it as an oatmeal topper, it lasts a long time.
Also, if you've read Born to Run, you know that Chia seeds are a super health food, and an excellent source of fuel for workouts.
Give them a try!


Andrea said...

I totally pictured one of the twins eating a chia pet. But then I thought maybe it was one of your chickens. ;P Sounds interesting. I think your 500 calorie bowl of oatmeal is surely a healthy and yummy breakfast! :>

Chicken Wrangler said...

That sounds interesting - I'll have to see if I can find that in the store! Thanks for the tip - I'm always looking for new ideas.

Tiggeriffic said...

I have never heard of Chia seeds. Next time I'm at the health food store, I'll look them up.. I love doctoring up my cereal..makes it just taste better...

Unknown said...

Okay, I've GOT to check these out!!! I use wheat germ and some milk in my oatmeal. raisins. love it!

Anonymous said...

I was just reading about chia this weekend. I thought about the Chia pet too.

jp@A Green Ridge said...

I never heard of those Chia things, Baby Girl! Will wonders ever cease???...:)JP

Unknown said...

I just shared a link to this finally....I sure wish I could find the flavored chia seeds here. Will have to keep looking. Oh well, at least I've got the regular ones!