Have you tapped into the power of chia seeds? These nutritious little wonders are a popular superfood and for good reason. They are an affordable way to get a little extra fiber, vitamins and minerals into your diet.
WHAT ARE CHIA SEEDS?
Chia seeds are part of the mint family and come from a plant that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. Their use dates back to the time of the Aztecs.
What they lack in size chia seeds make up for in nutrients. These tiny black seeds are rich in iron, fiber, protein, antioxidants, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 6g of protein and a whopping 10g of fiber, almost half of the recommended daily value.
HOW DO YOU USE CHIA SEEDS?
Since they are tiny the best way to use chia seeds is to add them to liquids. Upon doing this the chia seeds swell up and become gelatinous, which makes for an enticing texture in puddings, smoothies and other beverages.
Of course, you could also sprinkle whole or ground chia seeds over salads or add them to oatmeal, pancakes and breads.
CHIA SEED PUDDING IDEAS
Puddings and chia seeds were just meant to go together and make a great breakfast or dessert.
This vegan pudding is a simple yet delicious blend of coconut milk, agave, chia seeds, berries and almond milk.
You could also try this tasty raspberry chia seed pudding with toasted almonds.
ENJOY A CHIA FRESCA
Adding chia seeds to beverages ensures a nice dose of fiber and iron.
The chia seed fresca pictured above comes together with just four other ingredients: lemon, lime, water and agave nectar.
SMOOTHIES: A GREAT WAY TO USE CHIA SEEDS
When blended into a smoothie, rather than soaked in a liquid, chia seeds add a nice texture to beverages.
If you love green smoothies in the morning try starting your day with this spinach, apple and chia smoothie.
Another great way to use chia seeds is to toss them into this creamy avocado banana smoothie.
CHIA SEEDS PANCAKES ARE DELIGHTFUL
If you are looking for new breakfast ideas you must try these banana pancakes infused with chia seeds and served with fresh persimmons and kumquats.
An unexpected way to use chia seeds is to bake some bread. This gluten-free and dairy-free bread calls for a fun mix of chia and fennel seeds, dried onion flakes and baby spinach.
Recipe by: Fine Dining Lovers