[center]Eat Cookies, Have Abs Anyway [/center]
My latest food discovery is chia seed flour.
Chia seed is just what you’re thinking: that stuff that makes green “hair” grow on Chia Pets and Chia Obamas. But it’s also a good source of omega-3 (the richest veggie source for EFAs in fact), it’s high in fiber, and it even has some protein.
I almost replaced the flax seeds in the <a href="http://velocity.tmuscle.com/free_online_program/sports_body_training_diet_velocity/velocity_diet_30#velocity-diet-3-0"target=“new”>V-Diet with chia, but there was one big issue: chia seed turns liquid into gelatin glop! Not palatable. Plus it’s kinda pricey.
Still, this flour made from chia seeds (and a touch of brown rice) is pretty cool for a white flour substitute. And remember, white and even whole-wheat flour has no place in anyone’s diet. Anyone’s.
Go check out chia flour at your local health food store. Here’s a recipe I came up with to get you started.
[center]Chris’s Chia Seed Cookies [/center]
1 cup chia seed flour
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
1/8 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of Splenda
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 omega-3 enriched eggs
1/4 cup Smart Balance omega-3 butter, softened
Pam cooking spray
Making the Stuff
Find your oven. It’s probably somewhere near the fridge. Preheat that puppy to 350 degrees.
First, you’ll toast your coconut, which isn’t as painful as it sounds. Spread the shredded coconut out on a flat, dry pan. Toast 4 or 5 minutes in the oven. Keep an eye on it. Coconut goes from toasted to totaled in about 45 seconds. Just like you at New Years.
In a bowl, combine chia flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together.
In another bowl, mix the butter and Splenda together. Than add the vanilla and eggs. I use a hand mixer for this. Borrow one from your granny.
Combine the flour mixture with the butter mixture. Add in toasted coconut. Combine it all with your grubby paws. Or a mixer.
Roll into small balls, then flatten the balls into cookies. [insert wit here] Toss onto a cookie or “jellyroll pan” coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes or so.
Eat as soon as they come out of the oven. Ignore the searing pain and focus on the yummy flavor. Or, if you must, allow to cool first.
A tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder makes… you guessed it… chocolate cookies.
Or add dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for variety.
A scoop of vanilla <a href="https://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_store?src=vdiet"target=“new”>Metabolic Drive will add some protein. Add a sprinkle of water if needed during mixing.
Great portable food choice. I use them on long trips and smuggle them into movie theaters. Give 'em a shot!