Efficiency. A lot of what we are evaluated on is how efficient we are or have the ability to be these days. Better, faster, and/or more cost-effective. When I was asked to be a contributor to AverageGeniuses.com, possibly for my business IQ/EQ, being a lifelong technologist, good looks, or human networking acumen, I was flattered and thought about how convenient that a like-minded friend has created a forum for me to post a book that I may have never gotten around to sharing along the lines of “101 Life Hacks to be more efficient in life and business.”
Furthermore, I have the opportunity to fulfill one of my mini-life goals of being a contributor and esteemed author. Only now, I just get to share one tidbit of info at a time that has helped me and hopefully helps you be more “efficient”. Which is why Chia seeds is the modern breakfast of champions.
Part of this Complete Breakfast Problem
How do you start your day? 84.4%-91.6% of people consume a breakfast… so this one is for you. (Apologies to you intermittent fasters that just skip the most important meal of the day. You can also skip this article 😆).
What are the earliest forms of breakfast that you can remember and possibly have resorted to the entirety of your life?
1. Cereal & Milk?
2. Oatmeal & Syrup?
3. Eggs & Bacon?
4. Pancakes & Fruit?
5. Breakfast Burrito?
(Essentially that continental breakfast in every Marriott concierge lounge)…
Herein lies the problem. Notice how the majority of those are carb, sugar, or cholesterol-enriched? Now multiply that by every day of your life and imagine what you’ve done, or overdone to the one body and set of organs (maybe a few spares or replaced along the way) that you have to operate on. If you have a soft layer of tummy over your hard-earned abdominal muscles, that are always hiding, this one is especially for you. If you can stomach it.
Great, so I’ve identified a problem… and guilted you for eating oatmeal of all things.
None of these things are entirely bad or wrong in and of themselves and I’m not a dietitian by any means… …but I have found a solution. Perhaps shared by a friend that I ignored for some time until I realized it produced results and could be improved upon even further. Just like you might ignore what I’m about to share.
Modern Breakfast of Champion’s Solution
Chia Seeds, the Modern Breakfast of Champions. Mmm hmm, that product that you just thought of as a decorative plant cha cha cha chia pet is actually a SUPERFOOD. Superfood – a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.
In a nutshell, chia seeds (My Top 10 List of #Why2Try):
- Soak 10x their mass in liquid (recommend you soak them in a plant-based dairy alternative liquid) for either 5-10 mins or even overnight.
- Soaked in nutritious liquid (low fat/sugar, high protein, plant-based milk) keeps you full throughout the day
- Contains plant-based Omega 3s (studies have found that they may reduce inflammation, decrease blood triglycerides, and even reduce the risk of dementia)
- Solidifies, stabilizes, and is easy on your digestive tract
- Cleanses any toxins (perhaps all of the adult beverages you may have had the night prior)
- Affordable (2-3 soaked tablespoons of chia seed are actually ample for a full breakfast) online
- Compact for travel (place in a small reusable or Ziploc container)
- Easy to prepare and clean
- Easy to augment with additional nutrients or flavors to optimize your fitness goals
Cut to the Chia-se
Bottom line, Chia Seeds help to cut excess weight (it’s not a carb, cholesterol, or sugar), it tastes good if you prepare them to your liking with nuts, fruits, berries, or other nutritional supplements (whatever your balanced diet is lacking, ie. Goji Berries, Flaxseeds, Hempseeds, Bee Pollen, or sure Honey?), and it’s essentially a guilt-free source of nutrition.
In conclusion, here is a simple a-d list of basic Chia Seed formulas that also make you more efficient in preparation and consumption time for a quick and very filling meal to work or play harder (Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk):
a. Chia + Liquid Protein
b. Chia + Coffee (oooh, I love my coffee)
c. Chia + MilkX (your choice, I like oat, almond, or soy)
d. Chia + LiquidX (your choice of liquid) + fruit + nutritional supplements/toppings
Try it for a week, or two, or three, and get back to me. Bon Appetit. Hope this helps. Mahalo for reading. PAU.
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