Thursday, May 28, 2015

Overnight Oats with a Twist

Chia seeds have gained a lot of momentum in the "powerhouse foods" movement lately, and for good reason. They are packed with protein - which is great news for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike - and they are extremely hydrating if pre-soaked before eating. To make this funky, colourful breakfast you will need to acquire some type of purple or red juice. Anything with pomegranate, berries, grapes, beets, or deep coloured fruits and vegetables will work. I used a beet and berry blend I found on-sale at the market. In a jar, add 1/2 cup of oats and 2 tbs of chia seeds per person. Cover with the dark juice and a splash of almond milk. Pretend you are making rice and aim for a 1:2 ratio of dry ingredients to liquid. The chia seeds will absorb A LOT more liquid than you think possible. Sweeten with honey or stevia and add any fruits you think will taste good with the juice's flavor. I used earthy pear to compliment the earthy beet and berry juice. Pop the jar in the fridge overnight. Alternatively, you can leave out the fruit and toss it over in the morning, as seen in this picture. Also used was a teaspoon of sprinkled bee pollen. (For no other reason than the pretty contrasting colours). In the morning you will have a thick and creamy porridge. If the flavour doesn't work for you, or the mixture is too thick, adding a little bit of orange juice can brighten the taste and water-down the mixture. And, if you really botched it, cut up a banana and dates and chuck em' in. Bananas and dates solve everything.

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