Chia Seeds and Coffee Recipe
This morning was one of those crazy mornings when I was ALL over the place, running around getting everyone ready and feeding everyone but myself (sound familiar?!). I just got home from a girls weekend away and, although super fun and relaxing, coming home to a busy Monday just about did me in.
Not only was it Monday but it was also my kid’s first day at a summer day camp. Finding backpacks, bathing suits, lunch boxes (not to mention packing a day’s worth of food in those lunch boxes), braiding hair, and making sure they ate a healthy breakfast all before 8 am left me not a lot of time for breakfast or even coffee for myself.
It’s mornings like these that I need a little extra boost to get me though and keep me going all morning while I run around like a chicken with my head cut off! I need that coffee. Without it, my whole day just goes down hill- not a good way to start the week!
New England Coffee with Chia Seeds
Luckily, I have a stand by coffee recipe that not only fits my need for caffeine but it also gives me a little extra nutrition. It is kind of like a meal but a serious coffee all in one. It may sound strange, but I love adding chia seeds to my iced coffee.
Chia seeds have become pretty popular lately thanks to their reputation for being a super food…and it’s not hard to see why. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, not to mention a great source of fiber and omega-3 fates. Chia seeds are also a rich source of antioxidants and protein.
So why not add these little seeds to m morning cup of coffee? They have a neutral taste, are really healthy and will fill me up while I drink my much needed cup of joe. Sounds ideal! But first, a little more about chia seeds to convince you that they are a food you need to try.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
One tablespoon has 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Pretty impressive for a tiny little seed. The best part is, they really go into just about everything and you won’t even know they are there. I sprinkle them on my son’s oatmeal, mix them into meatballs, blend them into smoothies and even spread them on peanut butter and jelly. That neutral taste goes with anything!
Making chia seed pudding is also quite easy if you want the full chia experience and an extra boost of nutrition at snack time. They are great mixed with coconut oil, oats, peanut butter, and a few chocolate chips to make no-bake energy bites. But the easiest and fastest way to get them into my day is just to mix a tablespoon into my iced coffee and be on my way. Nutrition on the run at it’s finest!
New England Coffee Centennial Reserve
On this particular morning when everything was moving too fast for me to handle, I brewed a pot of New England Coffee’s new blend called Centennial Reserve. The company is celebrating 100 years of making exceptional coffee and I do have to say I can see why they have been around so long – the coffee is delicious.
The New England Coffee company also offers a bunch of flavors (my personal favorite is the hazelnut) and can be found both in bags and single serve options. As a traditionalist, I like the whole bean bags that I can grind myself to make this amazing coffee taste even more fresh and robust. Check out the New England Coffee Shop to read more about this great company and where you can find it because to have a really good chia seed iced coffee, you need to start with a great cup.
Back to my Centennial Reserve- I had my first cup hot (I need one hot cup to start the day even in the summer) and iced the rest to reserve for my chia seed iced coffee that I was planning taking on the road with me as my ‘breakfast’.
Chia Seeds and Coffee Recipe
The recipe that follows is how I personally like my iced coffee. Obviously, tweak it to suit your own preference. Oddly, I drink hot coffee black and iced coffee with almond milk and a little sugar. Not really sure why…but oh well. I guess I just need that strong coffee punch first and then I can take it down a notch!
I add one tablespoon of chia seeds to each 8 oz of cold coffee, pour in almond milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and about a teaspoon of honey. I like to put this all in the blender to break down the chia seeds a bit and really make sure everything is mixed together well. You don’t need to blend necessarily, stirring will do, but when you get out that blender and take the extra step, you ensure that every sip of coffee will taste the same- no pile of honey at the bottom of the cup!
Here are a few other flavor options that you can add to your chia seed coffee, but really, however you normally drink it is what you should stick to- you know you’ll like it!
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Coconut sugar
- Coconut milk
- Cocoa powder
- Coffee creamer
- A drop of almond extract
- Pumpkin spice
Pour the coffee mix over ice, maybe shake little cinnamon on top and you’ve got a delicious iced coffee that cost just penny’s and is a heck of a lot healthier for you than any drive through coffee!
Best Coffee Recipe To Start Your Day
Hope you try this one out the next time you’ve got a crazy workday or just a busy morning getting everyone out the door. It is a perfect way to get that caffeine you need (I need it for sure!), some extra nutrition and something that can pass as a breakfast- a busy mom breakfast! Now, get out there and join the thousands of extraordinary people fueling up with New England Coffee, add those chia seeds and you can ensure your day will be off to a better start.Print
If you want to make your coffee more nutritious, maybe add some antioxidants, fiber and protein, then this is a recipe that you need to try! Adding chia seeds to your coffee is an easy way to make your morning cup of joe so much healthier.
- 8 oz brewed New England Coffee, chilled
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp honey
- Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until well mixed and frothy. Pour over ice and Enjoy!
- Brew your coffee the night before then place it in the fridge. In the morning, it will be chilled to perfection!
- Pour some coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. Use this coffee ice in the recipe to make sure your coffee isn’t diluted by water
- Make a big pitcher of this recipe so you have enough to last the whole week