Chia & Flaxseed Gruel Base

Chia seeds are a herb and part of the mint family. Native to Mexico and Guatemala the Aztecs new they were a tremendous source of energy.  Terming them the ‘running food’ due to their ability to fuel the body for endurance. Chia’s uniqueness is the ability to hold up to 10 times their weight in water which provides prolonged hydration.  They are a complete protein packed with antioxidants, fibre, omega 3 and 6, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and vitamin C.

Flaxseeds were recommended by Ghandi and Hippocrates for good reason. Eaten as whole seeds soaked in water they assist bowel flow as they pass through your body, but don’t release their nutrients. Once the seeds are ground they are able to release their nutrient package of essential amino acids, omega 3, antioxidants, minerals and the fat soluble vitamins A,D and E as well as vitamin C.  It is best to buy your flaxseeds whole and grinding them yourself on the day of use.

Place all three ingredients into a jar

1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseeds
2 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp water

Stir it all together then let it sit 5-10 minutes before stirring again.
Leave it overnight for the seeds to absorb the water. 
Stir before using in the morning as the flaxseeds tend to sit on the bottom.

Store in the fridge for quick and easy gruel based breakfasts.

This will last for about five breakfasts per person depending on how much you use, and approximately five days in the fridge.  

Whilst this is a wonderful base for your breakfast bowl it is also a perfect addition for a smoothie.