Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Overnight Oats

Ok, so I had my first try at overnight oats...raw and soaked in the fridge overnight and ready for breakfast. It was soo good, way better than I expected. The first recipe I tried was from Oh She Glows.com! This is one of my favorite blogs that I will browse a few times a week for a few minutes to grab a new recipe. She has an awesome story and shares her path to becoming vegan and her passion for cooking on her blog. Anyways, here is the recipe:
Oatmeal Cookie Overnight Oats
1/3 C. oats
1.5 T. chia seeds
1 T. chopped walnuts
3/4 t. cinnamon
1.25 C. almond milk
1 T. raisins
1/2 sliced banana
In a bowl, add the oats, chia seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and raisins. Whisk for 5 seconds or so until mixed. Add milk and stir until clumps are gone. Add chopped banana and place in fridge overnight (or for a few hours if you have that to wait). Drizzle with a bit of maple syrup in the morning and enjoy.
I loved this! I didn't mind it cold and I didn't even need extra syrup on it. The texture of the chia seeds is awesome...kind of like tapioca. This is actually my first time trying them out. They don't taste like anything, but they are great, because the take up space (expand) and make whatever you put them in..look bigger.
Benefits of Chia Seeds:
It is a high energy endurance food (like the Indians have used for years. I will be reading Born to Run soon and then will let you know how they really use this fabulous little seed)
They slow the conversion of carbs to sugar (because of the gel that they form in your stomach)
Prolongs Hydration (because of it's ability to hold onto water...so it help maintain electrolyte levels)
Helps build muscles and tissues
Easily Absorbed
Richest Vegetable source for Omega 3
info taken from: www.living-foods.com (this is one of many articles I have read on Chia seeds. No wonder the Aztecs were able to do all they did. They could live off of Chia seeds and corn...amazing!)

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