If you are unfamiliar with Chia or want a few tips on how to add Chia to your daily diet, check out this quick video from Dole Nutrition Plus.
As mentioned in the video, the great thing about Chia is you can incorporate it into most recipes. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and iron, Chia is the dream seed for runners and athletes along with being great for weight loss. Chia seeds can hold up to twenty times their weight in water acting like a sponge and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
|Salted Caramel Chia Granola|
Salted Caramel Chia Granola Clusters
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts (or other nut of your preference. Can also be omitted)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat an oven to 275 degrees F and line a 10x15 inch pan with wax paper.
2. Mix brown sugar and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave to dissolve the sugar, about 1 minute but watch so it doesn't over boil.
3. Combine oats, Chia, salt, nuts and cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to combine.
4. Add sugar mixture, honey, vanilla extract and stir.
5. Make clusters that are 2 tablespoons in size.
6, Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
IN EVERY CHIA SERVING:
2x more Omega-3 ALA than walnuts
2x more fiber than oatmeal 21% more fiber than flax
3x more calcium than cottage cheese
68% of the calcium in a glass of milk
As much iron as spinach
79% of the protein in an egg
46% of the folate in a glass of orange juice
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a Rafflecopter giveaway From Runners World Magazine: A chia seed absorbs about 9-10 times its weight in water, almost instantly creating a gel-like consistency on the tongue. Chia seeds have a pleasant taste and crunch, making easy to add to salads, baked goods, yogurt, or tossed with rice. Chia seeds can be purchased in whole form, ground, flour, or already prepared in tasty options. Eat them raw, ground, roasted, gelled or baked.