Ch-Ch-Chia Oatmeal?!

So as you may or may not know, I recently read Born to Run.

Mind=Blown.

Anyway, chia seeds are discussed in the book and I totally bought into the hype. I immediately went to the co-op and picked up a small container (in case I didn’t like them). And yes, if you’re thinking of the infamous Chia Head, these seeds are the same…and so much more!

After purchasing this tiny super-food, I set out to find ways to use them. I used them in a gluten-free flatbread recipe as a substitute for gelatin (they worked better than expected), we also put them in smoothies.

Thus far my favorite way thus to eat them is in overnight chia oatmeal.

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So pretty! Don’t mind my floured counter–tortilla making happened about five minutes before-real life.

This is super easy, and kind of fun to make. Below is the version I’ve been making most recently, but as usual, this is easy to adapt and change to your liking.  I’ve seen some recipes call for adding sweeteners, but in my opinion, the fruit is enough. I’ll leave that up to you.

When mixed with liquid, the chia seeds get a fun gelatinous texture, similar to tapioca.

It’s also pretty great because you get tons of fruit in your first meal of the day  and you can just grab it and throw in your purse (great for people like me who are bad about eating fruit and are always running late for work in the morning).

If you’re like us, you have an abundance of mason jars in your house and are trying to figure out how to use them when not canning.  Today, you’re in luck. You don’t have an abundance of mason jars? That’s okay, any airtight container will work.

Overnight Chia Oatmeal:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup rolled or steel-cut oats (I don’t remember what we have, either will work), uncooked
  • 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 Saturn peach, pit removed and chopped (a regular peach or 1/2 cup frozen/canned peaches will also work, just avoid anything with added sugars or syrups).
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used regular whole milk but almond or coconut milk would also be wonderful)
  • 1 pint mason jar with lid (if you’re missing the lid, use parchment paper and cover with ring, or use any airtight container).

Optional Toppings:

  • Nuts of your choice
  • Coconut
  • Nut Butter
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in jar, add milk. Seal, give the container a few good shakes and place in the fridge.
  2. Let sit overnight and eat for breakfast with or without the toppings of your choice.
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A slightly different version, morning after.

That’s it. Boom Done.

PS. I’ve totally been holding out on you but I will be back. Pinky Promise. The delicious-ness and ridiculous-ness to follow will be worth it…at least I hope so.


To Read: Born to Run

So… I know I am like 2432545 years too late, but I just borrowed Born To Run by Christopher McDougall from the library and I am super excited to start reading it!

Here is a synopsis taken from the author’s website.

“Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run (source).” 

My inner running nerd is screaming in excitement. I can’t wait to dig into this book. I’ve been hearing about it for so long…I figured it was about time.

In all honesty, my passion for running has been low as of late, and I am looking for inspiration. I blame the weather… that’s why I feel like it was perfect timing for me to stumble upon this book at the library (have I mentioned how much I love going to the library?!).

In recent years, I haven’t read a lot of books on running, but I feel like this will be a good place to pick up where I left off. I’ll definitely let you know my thoughts.

In other news, Strides for James will be hosting a contest. Check the Strides for James Facebook page or my twitter account (@noellesnotebook) for details later on today!

Happy Running Reading!

What about you?! Any books you have read that really lit a fire in you?! Any must-reads on your list?!