Not this kind of chia:
This kind of chia!
After seeing all over the blog world for the last year, I finally caved and bought my own bag. This bag was only $9.99 at Earthfare, but the benefits of 1 tablespoon of the little seeds is what really won me over. Packed with calcium, fiber, Omega 3â€™s and Omega 6â€™s, the seeds have a neutral taste, which makes them more appealing to me on a daily basis than flax (which is nutty).
Plusâ€¦ chia seeds are great for athletes because they are highly hydrophilic. This means it absorbs large amounts of water, making them a great enhancer in hydrating our bodies (source). The back of my packet of chia seeds recommends adding a few seeds to your water bottle during workouts.
I mixed mine with a little water (shown above is two servings, one for me and the Husband), and added it to our oatmeal as a topping.
My mix contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 banana
- Toppings: strawberries and 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Very neutral in taste but I loved the gel-like texture.
Iâ€™m trying to mentally prepare myself to run 10.0 miles (the first time Iâ€™ve done double digits since my 15-mile trail race in April, I think!). Since I am not really feeling the distance, I broke out an iTunes gift card and downloaded a bunch of new songs:
- Paper Planes by MIA
- California Gurls by Katy Perry
- The Blood of Cu Chulainn (the Boondock Saints theme song) by Jeff Danna
- Love the Way You Lie by Eminem and Rihanna
- Bulletproof by La Roux
- If I Had You by Adam Lambert
- Beautiful Monster by Ne-Yo
- All I Do is Win by DJ Khaled
- Clubbed by Death by Rob Dougan
- O Verona from the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack
And then I added those songs to my Epic Movie Trailer Theme Songs playlist. Makes for an interesting mix but now I feel motivated to get out there!