We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also important to make it a health meal packed with protein to give you energy and keep you full for hours. This delicious oatmeal features almonds and chia – both are high protein foods that add nutrition and crunch to this healthy breakfast recipe.
Here are some of the health benefits of the main ingredients in this recipe:
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber which helps you feel fuller because it stays in the stomach longer. This can prevent overeating later on in the day. The soluble fiber in oatmeal has been shown to decrease the bad cholesterol by 10-15%, particularly when consumed as part of a low-fat diet.
Chia is a nutrient dense superfood that is vegan, naturally gluten free, and high in fiber. It also packs in more omega-3 than salmon and rich in calcium. With 50% more antioxidants than a serving of blueberries, chia seeds may also help ward off inflammation.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil. These healthy fats have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. They are also high in antioxidants, especially vitamin E.
Almond and Chia Oatmeal
- 2 Cups water
- 1½ Cups old-fashioned oats
- 3 Tbsps chia seeds
- ¼ Cup chopped almonds
- 2 Tsps maple syrup
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
- In a saucepan over high heat bring the water to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
- Add the oats, stir and cook for 5 minutes.
- Incorporate the chia seeds, almonds, maple syrup and vanilla.
- Cook until there’s no water left, stir occasionally.
- Serve, garnish with some almonds and chia seeds.
Add some cocoa powder for a chocolate twist.