Author: Brianna Acuesta • Date: November 4, 2016 • Appears in:
20 Delicious Ways to Eat Chia Seeds Everyday
We were telling you last week how Chia Seed was a great source of protein to replace meat. Here are some creative, delicious ways to incorporate chia seeds into your daily diet.
Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet, and since they’re small and versatile, they’re easy to incorporate into tons of different beverages and meals. In just two tablespoons, you can consume 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of healthy fat (5 of which are Omega-3s), and nearly a quarter of your recommended daily calcium intake. The seeds are loaded with a variety of different vitamins and antioxidants that help fight the production of free radicals.
Needless to say, chia seeds should be a part of everyone’s diet, but people are often confused on how to prepare and eat them. Here is a starting list for the ways you can add chia seeds into your daily diet.
1. Juice-Soaked Chia
Soaking chia seed in juice can be a great way to consume them in a delicious, flavorful way. To do this, add 1/4 cup (40 grams) of chia seeds to 4 cups of fruit juice (1 liter) for half an hour to make a fruit juice that’s full of fiber, minerals, and flavor.
2. Chia in Smoothies
If you want to make your smoothie even more nutritious, then add some chia seeds. You can add chia seeds to any smoothie recipe. First, soak the seeds to make a chia gel and soften them and then add it to your smoothie. You can add it to the finished product or add it before blending so it’s smoother. You can also put the seeds in raw, although they will be grainy in the smoothie. It’s whatever your personal preference is.
3. Chia Cereal
To try something a little different for breakfast, you can swap your usual cereal for chia cereal. To make chia cereal, soak the seeds overnight in milk (or a milk substitute such as almond milk) and top it with nuts, fruit or spices like cinnamon. This recipe uses mashed banana, milk and vanilla extract to make a delicious morning treat. It’s a bit of a mixture between oatmeal and cereal, which makes this breakfast not only nutritious but creative.
4. In a Stir Fry
You can also add chia seeds to savory dishes like stir fries that feature vegetables and spices. Just add a tablespoon of seeds to your favorite stir-fry recipe, or you can try this recipe.
5. In Salad Dressing
If you’re looking to make your salad dressing healthier, look no further than chia seeds. Commercially prepared salad dressings are often loaded with sugar, so making your own salad dressing can be a great alternative to the limited options at the store. Try this homemade lemon and chia dressing.
6. Baked in Bread
It’s possible to add chia seeds to all sorts of recipes, including bread. You’ve probably seen breads before that feature a variety of nuts, seeds, and grains, and chia is usually one of them. This recipe uses chia seeds with buckwheat to make a tasty, healthy bread.
7. Mixed with Other Grains
Mixing chia seeds with other grains is a good way to combat the gooey texture of chia seeds after they have been soaked. Simply mix the soaked seeds with a cup of cooked rice or quinoa and you’re good to go.
8. In Pancakes
If you like pancakes then you could try adding chia seeds to your pancake mix. Are you sensing the pattern of incorporating chia seeds into all sorts of powdery mixes?
9. In Jam
Chia seeds can absorb ten times their dry weight in water, which makes them a great substitute for pectin in jam. If you’ve made jam before, you know that pectin is quite bitter, so substituting pectin with chia seeds means that your jam won’t need a lot of added sugar to make it taste sweet. Better yet, chia jam is much easier to make than traditional jam. Try this blueberry and chia jam spread, with no refined sugar.
10. In Soup or Gravy
Chia seeds can be a great replacement for flour when thickening stews or gravies. Simply pre-soak the seeds to form a gel and mix it in to add thickness and no one will ever know.
11.Added to Dips
Chia seeds are versatile to cook with and can pretty much be added to any dip. You can add them into homemade dip recipes like this one or you can stir the soaked seeds into your favorite store-bought version
12. In Oatmeal
Adding chia seeds to oatmeal is one way of eating them that requires very little effort. Simply prepare your oatmeal and stir in a tablespoon of whole or ground chia seeds.
13. In Yogurt
Chia seeds can make a great yogurt topping. If you like a bit of texture, sprinkle them on the top whole or if you want to avoid the crunch, then mix in ground chia seeds.
14. As a Thickener for Homemade Burgers and Meatballs
If you use eggs or breadcrumbs to bind and thicken meatballs and burgers, you could consider trying chia seeds instead. Try using 2 tablespoons of seeds per pound of meat in your usual meatball recipe. It’s a creative and healthy way to prepare your protein.
15. Added to Tea
Adding chia seeds to drinks is an easy way to include them in your diet. Soak a teaspoon of chia seeds in your tea for a short time. Initially they might float, but eventually they should sink and you can enjoy it.
16. To Make Tortillas
Soft tortillas can be eaten with a variety of fillings and are a delicious way to enjoy chia seeds. Most people don’t make their own tortillas, even though they can be easy to cook. You can make your own like these or some stores carry them pre-made.
17.To Make a Pizza Base
Chia seeds can be used to make a high-fiber, slightly crunchy pizza crust. Like tortillas, most people don’t make their own pizza crust but it can be highly rewarding to make it from scratch. Simply make a chia seed-based dough like this one and add your toppings.
18. To Make Falafel
Falafel made with chia seeds can be a delicious and fun way to cook with chia seeds, especially for vegans and vegetarians who are looking for meat alternatives. You can combine them with a variety of vegetables for flavor. Try this recipe.
19. In Homemade Granola
Making granola is really simple. You can use any mixture of seeds, nuts and oats you like. This easy recipe includes chia seeds. If you don’t have time to make your own granola, there are plenty of chia seed-based granolas you can buy. Do your research before you make a trip to the store.
20. Raw Chia Toppings
Although many people prefer to soak chia seeds before they eat them because it releases the flavor and makes them soft, you can eat them raw too.Try grinding them up and sprinkling them on your smoothie or oatmeal to make a great, nutritious topping.
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