Chia seeds have been all the rage in recent times with their superfood status. Their nutritional benefits are countless. Chia seeds are rich in fibre and help with satiety which makes it a good food to have when on a diet. Fibre also aids in digestion, and chia seeds are also high in protein. Chia seeds make for a great healthy breakfast and these are our top 5 recipes to start your day off just right!
1. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
This low-calorie vegan chia seed pudding is a perfect way to start the morning. Chia seeds are great to eat first thing in the morning as they fill you up and get you ready for the day. This recipe is so quick and easy with a prep time of just five minutes and can be used with any plant-based milk such as almond, hazelnut, cashew, soy or coconut milk. The recipe also uses maple syrup as a natural sweetener.
2. Vanilla Almond Chia Seed Bowl
This is a super filling recipe uses a combination of oats, blueberries, yoghurts, seeds and nuts. The chia seeds add additional texture and you can also top this off with flaked almonds for some extra crunch. Breakfasts don’t get healthier than this!
You can even prepare this and leave in the fridge- this recipe will keep for about two to three days. You can also eat this as a mid-afternoon snack! (They’re also pretty great during late-night studying/working when our sugar levels are low and we are more susceptible to those cravings!)
3. Vegan Peach Chia Seed and Oat Smoothie
This vegan smoothie is filled with fresh peaches along with frozen bananas that add a smooth creaminess to the smoothie. The chia seeds make the smoothie thick and make you feel fuller longer. It’s also another one of those chia seed recipes that keeps really well in the fridge and can last you three to four days. So you can make this over the weekend and keep it for the week!
4. Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
Now this recipe isn’t a full breakfast, however, once you make this you can keep it for months and it can be added to almost anything! Topping for banana pancakes? Done. Mix with yoghurt? Done. Breakfast smoothie? Done! It works well as toppings, in smoothies, milkshakes, yoghurt and cereal.
It’s so versatile you can use it for almost all your breakfast recipes. What’s more this jam is healthy, sugar free, and naturally sweetened with honey and fresh fruits. It only uses four ingredients so it’s definitely one you’re going to use often!
5. Banana Lemon Chia Seed Muffins
This recipe for chia seed muffins with banana and lemon is a great way of using chia seeds and prepare large batches. They’re also paleo and vegetarian. The recipe does not use any refined sugar, instead, it replaces it with honey for that natural sweetness. (P.S- they’re delicious with a dollop of the raspberry chia seed jam!)
These muffins are wonderfully light and moist and make for a great breakfast but also a mid-morning snack, post work out pick me up or even a tea time treat!
Chia seeds have maintained their superfood status for a while now- and rightly so, their nutritional value is undeniable. These breakfast recipes are full of goodness, the chia seeds are of course an added benefit but all the recipes are healthy using fresh fruits and natural sweeteners. They are sure to set you up for a busy day!