Wake up to breakfast with Overnight Raspberry Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait. It is healthy, diet and weight watchers friendly.
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I have to admit the first time I heard and tried chia seeds, I had to wonder what the heck. For one measly tablespoon, I eat up 70 calories. Are you kidding? Why in the world is everyone going gaga over this “super food”. I will still be starving! So I had tried them in a smoothie – so not impressed. Hence,I threw the packet into the pantry and forgot about it. What a waste of money! Then I kept seeing recipes for chia seed pudding. You’ve probably seen some. They were very popular a few months back. I thought hmmm. I thought and I thought and I thought. Do I really want to try it again? What if it’s horrible and I waste all the ingredients again? So I tried it again and mine did not become a pudding like consistency at all. The “pudding” looked absolutely disgusting and was more like runny milk with dark specks in it.
It would make a great gag food for Halloween but I sure wasn’t going to eat it. Then it dawned on me that I had thrown those chia seeds in the pantry a long time ago. I wonder if they go stale. Hmmm.
I really had to think about whether I wanted to spend the money on buying more chia seeds. The thing was I knew if it worked, the recipe would be low calorie and so healthy and hopefully delicious. I already had a love hate relationship with quinoa; I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue a love hate relationship with chia seeds. Eventually I just couldn’t help myself. If all those other cooks and Chefs could make chia seed pudding, why couldn’t I? It’s a good thing I am slightly competitive. – wink
Now that I had this new bag of Bob’s Red Mill Chia Seeds, what was I going to do with it? I thought about the pudding route but I really wanted to put a spin on it. Since I was lacking breakfast recipes, I decided to make more of an overnight oatmeal but with chia seeds. I went into making this with a lot of trepidation. I was using raspberries which can get a little costly plus
I would have to wait all night long to see if it was any good. You mix the ingredients together the night before and refrigerate. All night I kept wondering if it was going to work. Yes, food keeps me up at night.
The next morning, Heaven’s to Betsy, it worked. My chia seeds had expanded and made a huge amount of breakfast pudding yogurt or whatever we should call it. Now this is a fantastic way to use a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds. For very few calories, I got a large portion of food. That is my kind of recipe. Chia seeds contain a large amount of fiber, about 5 grams per tablespoon. They are suppose to give you extra energy – something I am sure we could all use.
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Raspberry Chia Seed Yogurt Parfait
- ½ cup non-fat milk
- ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup raspberries divided
- ½ tsp . vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tsp. splenda or stevia or honey to your taste
- 3 tbsp . chia seeds
- 6 tbsp . Cherry Cinnamon Granola| or any Low fat Granola
- 1 Mango peeled and chopped
Put milk yogurt, 1/2 cup raspberries, vanilla and splenda in a blender. Puree.
Pour into a bowl and whisk in chia seeds.
Cover with plastic wrap directly on top of the chia mixture and chill overnight.
Into 3 bowls, layer chia yogurt, granola then fruit. Repeat with another layer.
I calculated 8 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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