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Anyone else think soaked chia seeds are slimy?

I have never got on well with soaked chia seeds. They remind me of things like tapioca or rice pudding. Slimy!

However, knowing their benefits (see below) and always willing to give things a go, I thought I would experiment with a few recipes and then tailor my own. The result is on this page. This is a great dish to use pre or post workout.

The benefits of chia seeds are many:

  • omega 3 oils
  • anti-oxidants (these mop up free radicals released from process we use to make energy)
  • fibre
  • iron
  • calcium

This recipe also has quinoa which as many of you already know is a seed, not a grain. This addition to the recipe adds another powerful protein punch! Here are the reasons to eat quinoa:

  • high in protein
  • low glycemic (aids in regulating blood sugar levels)
  • high in fibre

In addition there is also greek yogurt to top off the protein. It’s benefits are:

  • probiotics (good bacteria to populate your gut)
  • calcium
  • protein
  • Vitamin B12 (brain health, energy)
  • potassium (needed as part of the process for energy production – read up on the sodium-potassium pump of cells)

Let’s get to the recipe!

Mix all of these together in a glass jar or container with a lid & pop in fridge overnight:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk (or your choice)
  • 3 TBSP chia seeds
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt

Option ingredients – Choose any similar ingredients of your choice:

  • handful of berries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (great for blood sugar regulation)
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup (leave out if you are staying low sugar)

Enjoy and send me your comments on Twitter or via charlene@charlenehutsebaut.com


Not another egg! – 6 Healthy breakfast options

“If I have another egg and gluten free toast, I’m going to develop a blinky facial twitch!”

This is how the conversation started with my friend and colleague Mandy Lehto (@mandylehto) the other day.

She wanted to know other healthy breakfast options. Many came to mind and I share 6 of my favourites below.

  1. Avocado on rye toast – one of my absolute favourites with a bit of butter & chilli flakes
  2. Proper old fashioned cooked oats – with a sprinkle of cinnamon, almonds & chia seeds
  3. Miso soup – certainly a non-traditional breaky (miso is fermented so great for our gut health)
  4. Left over homemade curry – again not one you would think of for breakfast but a nice warming option
  5. Smoked mackeral or salmon – with handful of spinach, sprinkle of seeds, beetroot & drizzle of olive oil
  6. Gluten & sugar free pancakes – great anytime of year! Top with your favourite berries, almond butter or just simply some good quality real butter (find the recipe here)

Enjoy any of these options instead of eggs. Having variety to our foods stimulates our bodies and keeps us interested.

Share your favourite healthy breakfasts with me on twitter, facebook or instagram @positivelyslim #healthybreaky

Want to really explore your nutrition? Talk with one of my recommended nutritionists. 

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