Ch-ch-ch-chia! Am I really cooking with a chia pet? You bet I am!!
I know, I know. You’re thinking, “What’s a chia seed and why would I eat one?” Chia seeds are a super tiny superfood. They are jam-packed with nutrients like heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, calcium, and protein. One-ounce of chia seeds delivers a whopping 10+ grams of fiber (almost half of your recommended daily dose). They are also one of the best sources of omega-3s which help reduce bad cholesterol, act as an anti-inflammatory, and are good for your brain. Would you believe that chia seeds have a higher concentration of omega-3s than salmon?! (It’s true.) They expand in liquid so a small amount of chia seeds can keep you feeling full and satisfied. A-MAZING!
These little gems are flavorless and can be added to so many things. Here are some of my favorites:
- Add in a tablespoon to your favorite smoothie recipe to make it more filling and loaded with fiber.
- Stir in a tablespoon to your green juice and let the seeds plump up.
- Sprinkle chia seeds on your salad for an extra boost.
- Mix them in when baking. They don’t change the flavor but you’ll get the added nutritional benefits. (You can also use them as an egg-replacement in vegan baking.)
- Pack chia seeds in your suitcase. Mix together a tablespoon of chia and any cold beverage and wait a few minutes. This is a great way to get fiber in your diet while on the road. Your digestive system will thank you!
Bonus Chia Recipes
Overnight Oats (gluten-free, dairy-free)
-1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
-1 cup non-dairy milk like unsweetened almond milk
-1 tablespoon chia seeds
-1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional)
-Pinch of sea salt
Add all ingredients into a mason jar and shake until well combined.
Add in fresh berries or raw nuts in the morning and enjoy!
Banana Chia Seed Pudding (gluten-free, dairy-free)
-3 tablespoons chia seeds
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
-Pinch of sea salt
Add banana, almond milk, cinnamon, and sea salt in a blender and blend until smooth.
Mix banana milk mixture and chia seeds together in a glass container.
Refrigerate until chia seeds set – at least 30 minutes.
Optional flavor mix-ins (blended with other ingredients): 1 tablespoon of almond butter for almond butter and banana pudding or 1 teaspoon of raw cacao for chocolate covered banana pudding.
Optional toppings: Fresh berries, raw walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut.