Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are highly nutritious. Just two tablespoons of these tiny little super seeds has 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. They’re also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and a few of the minerals that are essential for bone health, such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Chia seeds also come with the added benefit of being flavourless, making them super easy to add to different recipes and foods.
Let’s take a look at 10 fun and simple ways you can get these powerful little seeds into your diet.
This is probably by far one of the easiest ways to get chia seeds into your diet. All you need to do is add ¼ cup of chia seeds to 4 cups of water and soak them for approximately 20 minutes. If you want to add some flavour, add some chopped fruit or squeeze in some lemon, lime or orange juice.
Go ahead, soak ¼ cup of seeds in your preferred juice for 30 minutes to an hour. You’ll still get the same tasty fruit juice only with the added benefits of fiber and minerals.
This is our personal favourite. Who doesn’t love pudding? This option is similar to making the water or juice, only you add less water and let them soak a bit longer. You can soak them in juice or milk overnight and add in your choice of flavourings such as vanilla or cocoa and sweeten with a natural sweetener or just add fruit. Go ahead and eat chia pudding for breakfast or dessert.
This is an easy way to add more nutrition to your smoothie. Just soak until they gel (approximately 20 minutes) and go ahead and add them in! That’s it. Remember: they have no taste so they will not alter the enjoyment of your smoothie in any way.
Although most people prefer soaking their chia seeds before eating them, they can be eaten raw as well. Grind them up and sprinkle them on your oatmeal or in your smoothie instead of waiting for them to soak.
Since chia seeds have no taste, they’re really easy to add to your salad as well. They’ll give your salad some texture while giving it a healthy boost. You can even just add them to your own homemade salad dressing.
To get the benefits of chia seeds, add them to your favorite bread, cake, or cookie recipe. You can even add them to your pancakes for a healthy boost.
Most breakfast or protein bars can be quite high in sugar and are often not much better than a candy bar in many cases. Make your own chia protein bar for a much healthier alternative to the ones found in stores. You can even find some energy balls with chia seeds on this page.
If you aren’t able to eat eggs or choose not to, you can substitute chia seeds for eggs in your baked goods! For one egg, just soak 1 tablespoon in 3 tablespoons of water.
It’s easy to add chia to your ice cream, ice cream pops, or frozen fruit bars. You can make your own from scratch or just blend them with your favourite treat and freeze them on sticks.Buying chia in bulk and having it delivered is definitely the most cost effective way to buy them. Chia seeds are an organic super food that you will reap the benefits of for years to come. Enjoy!