My workday breakfast is usually an egg between toasted bread slices to-go, followed by snacks (various pieces of fruit, granola bars, etc). But today I switched things up with a cherry chia shake and banana-oat breakfast bites (also containing chia). This was inspired partially by the fact that chia seeds were a topic of conversation during yesterday's video shoot at Melissa's, and partially by the fact that my almond milk was about to expire and I wanted to use it up!
I figured this shake would be great after my morning run since cherries are supposedly great for muscle recovery, and the chia seeds have protein to compensate for the fact that I wasn't eating my usual morning egg. The chia seeds also have fiber, calcium, omega 3's, and antioxidants (and they gave the shake great texture)!
Here are the ingredients. I didn't make exact measurements, but I can guess my mix was similar to the below:
-1 cup ice
-1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze)
-1 cup frozen dark, sweet cherries
-1/2 tsp chia seeds
-1/4 tsp vanilla syrup (the shake really doesn't need the syrup because the cherries are sweet on their own)
Blend it up! I like my smoothies a little chunky, so I just did a lot of pulsing as opposed to completely liquefying it. I love the way the chia seeds absorb the liquid and plump up so you feel like you're drinking something substantial.
In my cup...
In my car..
If you think that I just drank a smoothie instead of drinking my usual black coffee, you're crazy! I totally double-fisted (but kept my hands on the wheel while my car was in motion).
Hey I've got a long, traffic-ful commute, so I had plenty of time to drink both. And when I got to the office, I had another snack... a couple of these:
Full disclosure: I baked these Sunday night thinking they'd be like a healthy dessert, but in all honesty they really can't be labeled dessert food. They're totally breakfast bites.
The ingredient list for these is pretty simple:
-1.5 ripe bananas
-1 tbsp plus 1 tsp applesauce
-1 tsp chia seeds
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup whole rolled oats
-1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit)
Start with the bananas and mash them up with a fork in a big mixing bowl.
Add the applesauce, chia seeds and vanilla extract to the mashed bananas. Let it gel for a couple of minutes. (The chia seeds will soak up the moisture and expand).