I’ve been on an oatmeal kick this winter, usually mixing in flax seeds and canned pumpkin. It’s been hard to find canned pumpkin this side of Christmas, so I needed to find something new to add to my oatmeal. Recently I feel like I’ve been reading about chia seeds and goji berries everywhere, so I decided to give them a try.
I love the chia seeds! They make the oatmeal nice and creamy, and taste kind of nutty. The goji berries add an interesting flavor, but mainly I just love the color. Just from looking at them you know they are healthy!
What’s now generally called the goji berry is actually the wolfberry, Lycium barbarum L., a tart, reddish-orange fruit grown in central China (not, it appears, the Himalayas) for more than 2,000 years. It has exceptional nutrient density, and is especially rich in carotenoids including beta-carotene and lycopene. (from Dr. Weil)
Chia is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. And it has another advantage over flax: chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc. (from Dr. Weil)