Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sassy Summer Strawberry Parfait!

Strawberry Breakfast Parfait (Loosely Adapted from Oh She Glows)
The Lowdown: Chia seeds pudding adds the perfect amount of moisture and thickness to this parfait, while the buckwheat adds a fantastic soft-crunch texture similar to that of granola. All this paired with the delicious strawberries is perfect for a fresh summer snack!

The Inspiration: Fresh, seasonal, organic strawberries ofcourse! ......and my never-ending appetite.....

Nutrition bonus!: This parfait has chia seeds & raw buckwheat, which makes is a nutritional powerhouse and a great post-run snack. Chia seeds have an excellent ratio of protein to omega-3s, and make excellent recovery food when paired with a carbohydrate (like buckwheat); both are also a great source of dietary fiber. The fresh strawberries add some great antioxidants (shout-out to anthocyanins and vitamin c) and also provide some extra dietary fiber!

- 2 tbs raw chia seeds
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup buckwheat
- 1 cup strawberries (or any other berry of your choice)
- pinch of stevia (an organic, sugar-free sweetener)

Buckwheat is on left, chia seeds on the right.
Both have already soaked overnight.
1) Pour almond milk and chia seeds into a container, mix, and set aside overnight to soak in the fridge. Check on it in about half an hour and mix it up if it has clumped. **Chia seeds will form a pudding-like mixture with the almond milk and thicken significantly after soaking**
2) Soak buckwheat in about 1 cup cold water overnight.
3) After soaking overnight, drain and rinse buckwheat well. 
4) Add bucwheat to chia pudding and mix well.
5) Add stevia or other sweetener of choise to the mixture and mix well with a spoon
6) Slice up some strawberries and add to the chia-buckwheat mixture.
7) Mix & Enjoy!

I always like to mix up my parfaits and let them sit for awhile so that the strawberry flavor kinda soaks into the chia seeds mixture, but that's just a personal preference. Mix or don't mix.....whatever floats your boat :)

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