3.30.2012

Chia Muesli Breakfast Pudding with Greek Yogurt, Berries, and PB2

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I recently discovered Chia seeds... and they're my new favorite thing. Truly. Want to know why? Okay, I'll tell you. Just because you asked. ;-)
  • They taste like whatever you cook them in - that means you don't have to deal with a funky flavor in order to get healthy food into your body!
  • When exposed to liquids, the seeds form a gel-like substance. This causes it to increase in size and makes you feel fuller -- without adding additional calories (as the gel is mostly water).
  • They help your body use energy more efficiently, so that you can burn calories steadily instead of all at once and then slumping.
  • They contain more Omega 3 Fatty Acids than Salmon
  • More calcium by weight than whole milk! That means you can enhance your calcium intake, which is good for your bones and also allows you to get your daily calcium needs without consuming other calcium sources, which are often high in fat.
  • More fiber than flax!
  • They're filled with complete protein, meaning that, unlike peanut butter or bean-derived protein, you don't need to combine it with other foods to get the full effect!
  • You can bake with them (get excited for some Chia recipes on Creatlive over the next few weeks)! The gel derived from soaked chia seeds can be substituted for butter and other fatty baking ingredients in most recipes! To do this, use half of the amount of butter/oil you would need (ex: 1 cup butter = 1/2 cup Chia gel)
  • Antioxidants prevent free radical damage in your body. That helps protect you against diseases and cancers.

What do you put them in?
Chia seeds do not add or remove from any flavors in your food. That means you can use them just about any way you'd like!
  • Baked goods
  • Salad dressings
  • Puddings
  • Smoothies
For today, we're putting it in breakfast. Muesli, to be exact. For those of you who aren't familiar with Muesli, it's a traditional Swiss and German breakfast or light dinner food that consists of various types of rolled oats along with small pieces of nuts and fruits. Muesli is, essentially, an even more antioxidant-rich and healthy version of Oatmeal.

When combined with Chia seeds and soaked overnight in skim milk, you wake up to a DELICIOUS and remarkably healthy breakfast. I know I cook healthy a lot... but this is the healthiest of the healthy. This stuff might make you turn into a superhuman. It's just that good for you!

For 211 calories per serving, you're getting 11.4 grams of protein (wow) and 4.5 grams of dietary fiber. From those of you who read my post yesterday on why you need more fiber in your diet... can I get an amen?


Chia Muesli Breakfast Pudding
Prep Time (Night Before): 2 minutes
Prep Time (Morning Of): 2 minutes
Calories Per Serving: 211
WW Points (Previous): 0

WW Points Plus: 6

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings):
  • 2 cups Milk, Nonfat, Fluid
  • 3/4 cup Muesli-Old Country Style
  • 4oz Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries (Craisins will also work)
  • 4 oz Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw Blueberries
  • 1/4 cup Strawberries (cut)
  • 1 tbsp dry PB2 (combined with 1/2 tbsp water and stirred to make Peanut Butter... or just use another organic or natural peanut butter that you have on hand, though the PB2 option is much lower in calories)
  • 1/8 cup Finely Diced Walnuts

Directions:
  1. Combine Muesli, Chia seeds, and Milk and soak overnight.
  2. Heat over stove or microwave. 
  3. Add other toppings on top and serve!



Credits:
Top 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds

12 comments:

  1. i love chia seeds! i always have them in my smoothies :)

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    1. You're ahead of the cure, Sarah!!! ;-) I recently tried that too and it's awesome - they really thicken it up a bit, huh?! :)

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  2. Wow! This looks amazing. And I was curious about what the big deal was with these chia seeds and now I have to try them! I'm all for trying anything that healthy at least once :)

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    1. Yay! I'm glad you'll try them! I bet you'll enjoy... particularly because of how they simply add texture and not flavor!

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  3. omgosh! super yum!!! and healthy!!!! totally WANT/NEED this.

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    1. totally WANT/NEED this too! ;-) and it was definitely super yum! even man-approved!

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  4. I have been reading about these lately, I'm trying them now!

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  5. Chia seeds are excellent as a late-night snack, too! I just add one scoop to about 6 oz. of water, stir for about 30 seconds, and drink! Yummy! They're an absolute must when eating a raw food diet. :)

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    1. YUM! That sounds tasty! Kind of like water pudding? I'll try it out :)

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    2. Haha, yeah, exactly! It was introduced to me simply as "chia water". Enjoy!

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  6. Did you really mean 4oz? It seemed like a lot (maybe 3/4c?) and is basically a glob this morning...hard to cook...oh well! It will taste good.

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