Good morning world, Happy Hump Day!
After waking up on the wrong side of the bed this morning (sorry Chris!) I was thinking about having today as a no workout day. I just wasn’t feeling a whole lot of motivation and was being a grump, but then my usual mantra ‘Just do something, anything‘ ran through my head.
Since I wasn’t feeling up for a big workout, I decided to work on my core. I headed over to Tina at Carrots N’ Cake to see if I could get some workout inspiration. Well, I definitely found it in the form of a 9 minute plank workout. Now 9 minutes doesn’t sound like much of a workout, but let me tell you…9 minutes of plank related exercised is haaaarrrrd! My abs and my arms were well and truly feeling the burn after 9 minutes! Phew!
I finished off my workout with 25 scissor crunches and 50 jumping jacks, just for good measure.
This workout wasn’t long, and didn’t leave me a sweaty mess but I’m sure it helped boost my metabolism for the day and more importantly, put me in a good mood. Ahhh exercise, you do it every time!
The other day, I picked up my first packet of Chia Seeds. I know I’m very late to the Chia party, but I was excited to see just what the fuss is about. Now, at the mention of Chia, are you picturing this?
Well, you’d be right! They are one in the same, except now the nutritional benefits of Chia seeds have really come into light. If you want to read about the goodness of Chia seeds, you can see a great article by Christina Pirello at Huffington Post here.
So, I knew I wanted my breakfast to centre around these teeny tiny seeds. I thought about sprinkling them on top of a toasted english muffin, but then I decided that I really wanted to see what these bad boys can do! I have heard a lot about their amazing thickening powers (due to their high fibre content) and remembered that Julie uses Chia Seeds in a lot of her overnight oats (which always look delicious), so I decided to follow suit. Of course, I didn’t have overnight so I had to settle on 30 minute oats!
Today I opted for the Chobani greek yogurt Blueberry flavour…
I combined the yogurt with the rest of my ingredients in a bowl;
2/3 Cup of Rolled Oats
2 Tbs Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
It was covered and popped in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
When it came out of the fridge, I topped it with some fresh raspberries.
They were delicious and so thick! The Chia seeds really made a difference. Every now and then I would crunch on a seed and it had a very subtle nutty flavour, delicious!
I was a happy girl…
As of this morning, I am definitely a fan of Chia seeds and excited to see what else I can incorporate them into. And a little added dietary fibre and omega 3 into my day doesn’t go astray.
Well, time to get to work!
Have a great Wednesday everyone!