What to do with Chia Seeds?
Using Chia Seeds in Your Daily Diet
So you gave into the Chia Seed trend and bought a packet of Chia Seeds, now they're in your cupboard and you have no clue what to do with them?
Or maybe you just have an excess of Chia Seeds and you're sick of using them in the same old way?
Not to worry! There's plenty of ways to use them. By using Chia daily, you are adding Vitamins A, B12 and C to your diet as well as complete protein (Chia seeds contain 18 Amino Acids), minerals including folate, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Here's a few ways to add them to your daily diet - and enjoy them!
Sprinkle Chia Seeds on Your Food
Add a nutritional crunch to your favorite meals. Sprinkle them over cereal, mix them into your oatmeal, add to yogurt or cottage cheese or why not try sprinkling them over your salad at lunch?
Using Chia Seeds in Baking
Add chia seeds to your favorite muffin, bread, cake or granola bar recipe, for example. They have no taste so they won't change the flavor and if you're not happy seeing the seeds, grind them up into a meal-like consistency in a food processor or coffee/spice grinder.
Mix Chia Seeds Into Your Food
Mix in some chia seeds into your morning oatmeal or smoothie, you won't notice them since they're flavorless but they pack a nutritional punch!
Chia Gel - An Egg Replacer for Baking
Run out of eggs? Looking to make a recipe vegan or eggless? Use chia seeds as an egg replacement for baking.
Mix 1 tbsp of chia with 2 tablespoons of water and stir until the mix thickens and resembles the texture of an egg. This "chia egg" mix replaces one regular egg in baking so you can use more or less depending on what your recipe requires.
Chia Jam - a Healthy, Sugar Free Alternative
Take your 1/4 cup of your favorite frozen fruit, defrost them slightly in the microwave (or use fresh fruit) and then mash with 1 tbsp of Chia Seeds - the mix will "gel" and make the perfect jam consistency. Feel free to add sugar/sweetener to your liking.
This Chia Jam Recipe works best with berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries etc.
Keep You Fuller for Longer
These little seeds soak up water like a sponge! By adding chia into your meals, you can increase your satiety as they swell and are a great source of fiber - keeping you fuller for longer.
Stabilize Blood Sugar
Chia Seeds slow the process of converting carbohydrates to sugar - thus stabilizing blood sugar levels. If you're a diabetic, chia seeds are a great and easy addition to your daily diet!
These are just a few ways to add chia into your daily diet, but there are a million more! - leave a comment if you have another favorite way to use them!