So I won a giveaway from the lovely gals over at The Actors Diet. Er… actually, I won it kind of awhile ago. Through no fault of Christy and Lynne’s (the company was backordered) it just arrived.
The contents of my box:
Four packs of Chia Goodness Cereal: in apple almond cinnamon, cranberry ginger, original, and chocolate.
Me being who I am, I first went for the chocolate.
Everyone said chia seeds makes things congeal like pudding, so I was like, hey, yes, chocolate pudding! I did one part cereal to 2 parts liquid, as per the directions, and let it gel (I actually was skedaddling off to choir practice, so it got a good 2 hours of pudding-ifying time). Before (exciting-looking cacao nibs and chunks!) and after (… slime):
Um, I know everyone in the blogworld is obsessed with chia seeds, and they are a nutritional powerhouse but… um, I kind of hated this bowl. Of course I am not giving up, but I have learned that I find straight-up chia seeds dissolved only in water pretty… disgusting, unfortunately.
Had to get the taste out of my mouth with one of these:
Delicious, but to quote my beloved Stephen Colbert, a WAG OF THE FINGER at the Girl Scouts of America. Trans fat, Girl Scouts?! Seriously?! How are you supposed to live strong and thrive and all of that with partially hydrogenated oils raising your cholesterol?! Time to reformulate! But still oh man Samoas. The perfect cookie. And the only cookie on Earth where, weirdly, I am satisfied with just one. (Thin Mints, I eat at least 6 in a sitting!)
But anyway (wow tangent) this story has a happy ending.
Take two: overnight oats. Chia seeds would play a SUPPORTING role rather than shouldering the whole show themselves.
Last night I combined…
The Yo Plus I got a coupon for a free box. I am unimpressed with it on its own (vair artificial tasting) but I thought it might make a nice sweet base for overnight oats.
How it looked last night:
I checked on it last night after a few hours and it already looked really gelatinized, so I added a splash of milk. Then that was all absorbed this morning so I added another splash! Along with strawberries and walnuts. The result:
And the walnuts are definitely the essential nut for this- they have a unique flavor.
Quite honestly, I’d have no idea chia seeds existed were I not a regular food blog reader, and probably be none the unhealthier for not having them in my life. However, I’m pleased with the texture I achieved with their presence, and far be it from me to mess with a good thing- in fact, I have this same mixture gellin’ up in the fridge right now for tomorrow’s brekkie. I also think there will be green monster implications.