So now that the kids are officially back to school (of course impending snow/ice may change that) I have to think of a quick breakfast idea. This is also fantastic for that afternoon slump when you want the sugar, but you’re trying to be good. Don’t get me wrong, this is sweet, so it will satiate that sweet-tooth.
Chia seeds are all the rage right now in helping to get fit. And YES these are the seeds from that song you’re singing in your head “Cha-Cha-Cha Chia” They are an ancient seed from the Mayans and Aztecs. Supposedly its a favorite of athletes, especially distance runners. The chia seeds are rich in Omega 3’s and because their soaked before-hand, they give you feeling of fullness. They have a crunchy, chewy texture that admittedly takes some getting used to.
The almond butter or peanut butter will give you the protein and the fat (the good kind) that you need to start your day. The banana gives you the potassium you need and the sweetness, as well as the dates.
One Note: I love taking my bananas that are on their way out and sticking them in the freezer-skin and all! These are so great for perfecting a smoothie. I just give them a quick rinse under hot water and peel off the skin in the sink. They give the creamy flavor without the bad fat in any smoothie you want.
- 3 TBS. chia seeds
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup of almond milk, not sweeten preferably
- 2 dates, pit removed
- 1 TBS. Almond butter/ or peanut butter ( prefer the peanut butter)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of ice
- In a measuring cup, put the chia seeds and 8oz. of water together. Let sit for about 15 minutes to create a gel mixture. The chia seeds will swell and get gelatinous. * You can also do this the night before so it's ready in the morning.
- In a blender, add the almond milk, pitted dates, peanut butter/almond butter, frozen banana, and cup of ice. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds, to puree the frozen banana and ice.
- Add the chia mixture to the blender and blend for about 5 seconds more just to mix. Be careful not to over mix.
- Pour into a large 16 oz. glass or to-go tumbler.
- You may need to add some water if it's too thick.