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Monday, July 30, 2012

Squirrel Food

Everyone always jokes that vegetarians eat "rabbit food," and maybe there's a lot of truth in that, but I realized today that my breakfast was definitely squirrel food.

Oatmeal with chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanut butter. Mmmm talk about a savory breakfast!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with chia seeds, yes, they are the same ones that grow strange looking grass in silly shaped ceramic pots. More specifically, chia seeds are known as a superfood and they're loaded with nutrients. What I love most about chia seeds is that they absorb water, so they make oatmeal extra voluminous. When you add water to chia seeds (I do 1 T. of chia and 5 T. of water) and stir for about a minute, you will notice that a gel begins to form around the seeds. After that gel forms, you can add your dry oats and water and cook how you normally would. Of course, chia seeds can be used as an additive in a variety of recipes, not just oatmeal. 

Adding sunflower seeds to my oatmeal is my new favorite thing. They're smaller than most nuts, but they still provide that savory nut-flavor that goes well with oatmeal. They truly are perfect. I buy unsalted, raw sunflower seeds, but if you have a salt craving, lightly salted sunflower seeds would also work well. 

And of course, can you really go wrong with peanut butter? No, you can't.

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