I am going to confess that I’m not big on breakfast. It is just too hectic in the mornings so most days I’m good with a coffee. However, on weekends I tend to make a big breakfast or brunch for the whole family. On other days that I know that I can’t eat lunch until very late, I force myself to have a light but filling breakfast. It has to be healthy, easy and fast to make and have some protein. That’s when I usually whip up this Chia, Hemp Hearts & Yogurt breakfast.Jump to Recipe
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What are Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds have become very popular in the last few years. They are considered a super-food because of its various health benefits. Chia seeds come from a plant in the mint family called Salvia Hispanica. The plant is native to Central America and it is said that ancient Aztecs used it as a staple food.
Nowadays, you can find chia seeds everywhere. Commercially it is being included in anything from cereals to protein bars. Most people sprinkle it over their breakfast bowls, yogurt, smoothies, pudding even salads etc. When mixed with liquid, chia seeds swell and multiply in size.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They are a good source of calcium and magnesium. This small seed has an unusually high amount of antioxidants. They are also a great source of protein!! So it is no wonder they’re called super-food and considered to help on anything from inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, blood sugar level and weight loss. I found an article online about health benefits of chia that you can check out in more detail.
What Are Hemp Hearts?
Hemp hearts or hemp seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, iron, zinc etc. They are also very known like chia seeds in the health food stores and used widely for their health benefits. They can be used similarly to chia in breakfast pudding, yogurt, salads, smoothies etc. I was very surprised to read that hemp seeds come from the same plant as marijuana, Cannabis Sativa. However, hemp seeds come from a different variation of that plant and don’t contain THC.
Chia Hemp Hearts Yogurt Breakfast Recipe
This is a very simple recipe, takes almost no time to prepare and can be very versatile. I usually add berries and walnuts to the staple of chia, hemp seeds and greek yogurt but you can apply the following variations too:
- Replace Walnuts with Pecans or Amonds
- Replace Raspberries and Blackberries with Strawberries, Bananas or other Fruits
- Add honey and cinnamon if preferred. I’m trying to eat low-carb so I don’t add a sweetener but definitely adjust to your taste. My mom eats the same breakfast with honey and it is delicious.
- I use plain greek yogurt for this breakfast but you can use a vanilla flavored greek yogurt if preferred.
Chia, Hemp Hearts & Yogurt Breakfast
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 oz raspberries A handsful of raspberries, no need to weigh an exact ounce
- 1 oz blackberries
- 1 oz walnuts
- Add yogurt to breakfast bowl.
- Add berries, walnuts and then hemp hearts and chia seeds.
- Mix it up and enjoy:). If you like the taste to be a bit sweeter, then feel free to add some honey on top or use vanilla greek yogurt. Both options will give you a sweeter taste. Alternatively, add softened bananas to the mix which tend to sweeten up the taste as well.
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Other Breakfast Recipes
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