This delicious flavor packed Blueberry Chia yogurt bowl is one of my favorite antioxidant rich recipes is family friendly and perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack.
It’s so easy as busy parents to fall into the easy breakfast trap of sugar ridden boxed cereal breakfasts for our kids. It’s what I grew up on (my favorite was Captain Crunch – even before they added more crunchberries).
I’m not gonna lie – I lie to myself that I’m doing better than that by mixing in toaster strudels or pancake wrapped sausage on sticks.
Who am I kidding?
Let’s talk antioxidants for a minute. We all know we need to try and include more antioxidants into our diets, but do we understand why? It’s all about the free radicals.
What are free radicals?
No, I’m not talking about some crazy political group. Free radicals are chemicals that can damage cells and DNA and are actually generated by own bodies when we turn food into energy. We can also ingest them from the food we eat and the air we breathe.
The scariest thing about free radicals is that they can damage the DNA in healthy cells, and change their “programming”, causing them multiply or reproduce more than they are supposed to.
This is what causes cancerous tumors – simply any old cell that has gone haywire. In other words, there isn’t a specific cell that is “cancer” – ANY and ALL of the ordinary cells in our bodies have the ability to become cancerous, when altered by free radicals.
What are antioxidants?
Good news is that fresh fruits (especially berries!) and veggies are full of antioxidants that fight damage caused by free radicals and help protect against damage from the sun and UV rays.
Many studies have shown that people who eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables have a low risk of heart disease and also have a low risk for some types of cancer.
So in an effort to help keep myself and my family healthy, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more antioxidants into our diet.
This isn’t always easy when you have family members who recoil from your typical “healthy” foods, but this Blueberry Chia Yogurt Bowl Recipe was a hit with everyone who tried it.
Health benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are chock full of important nutrients. An excellent source of antioxidants, they are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
We want to increase our consumption of omega-3 fatty acids because they help raise HDL cholesterol. HDL is the “good” cholesterol that helps to protect against heart attack and stroke.
Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, calcium and are high in protein. Protein is essential in building muscle mass, but it can help in reducing appetite and food intake.
My 7 year old doesn’t care for chia, so I substitute it out and sprinkle crushed granola bars on it instead. He loves this so much that we often have it as “dessert” instead of ice cream! That’s called a parenting win in my book.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes, this is a great meal planning recipe option. My family and I always eat this right away, but leftovers can be saved for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
Chia yogurt bowls will also sit nicely when made a day or two ahead of time. Just make sure it is properly covered and stored in the fridge.
I also recommend making ahead in re-sealable canning jars or mason jars for an no fuss grab and go lunch option.
Blueberry Pomegranate Chia Bowl Recipe
- 1 cup of your favorite yogurt, chilled
- 1 ripe fig, sliced
- few tablespoons of fresh pomegranate seeds
- fresh blueberries
- ¼ teaspoon chia seeds or crushed granola bars
Place the chilled yogurt into your favorite bowl.
Wash and pat the fruits dry.
Crack open the pomegranate and pull out some of the mighty seeds and lay them on top of the yogurt.
Add the sliced fig, blueberries and chia seeds to your preference and then enjoy!
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