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Crazy for Chia!

Chia seeds are becoming one of the hottest trends in nutrition today. They are being seen in granolas, breads, rice and salads. They add a boost of healthy nutrients to an otherwise traditional recipe. They are loaded with protein and they have an excellent source of iron, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids!                    

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Although putting seeds on top of a salad or into brownies may seem rather strange, chia seeds are so small they go practically unnoticed However, don't be surprised by the gelatinous quality that emerges from these small seeds when they are immersed in any liquid, as chia seeds have the ability to grow 9x their size through absorption For those of you who are just starting to incorporate these super seeds into your diet, try this bite-sized energy ball recipe and you are sure to be convinced of the fantastic chia! Energy Bites - ?Bite Sized ? Energy Chia Seed Energy Bites                   (Recipe source superhealthykids) Yields about 30 balls Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Using your hands, mix ingredients together until fully combined. The mixture should be thick enough where it adheres together
  3. Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow ingredients to chill and become firm
  4. Using a cookie scoop, roll out the dough into 1.5 ? diameter balls
  5. Place in the refrigerator for storage and enjoy!

How do you incorporate chia seeds in your daily nutrition?

Posted by vivadmin at 9/10/2015 3:54:00 AM
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