- 26 Aug
5 Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet
Chia is an edible seed native to South America. While chia has a long history of being a superfood, they have recently surged on store shelves and are being added to a variety of products. Chia seeds are naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. They’re addition to a diabetic diet and help stabilize blood sugar.
When mixed with a liquid, chia becomes very gel like. Be adventurous and keep an open mind while exploring this super seed.
Here are 5 ways to add them to your diet
1.) Egg Replacement: Chia is a great way to substitute eggs in brownies, muffins, and breads. Use 1tbsp of ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water per egg. Let sit 15 minutes to thicken.
2.) Smoothies: Toss 1 tbsp whole chia seeds into a smoothie. Blend, serve, and be healthy!
3.) Nut Butters: Add a few teaspoons to almond, cashew, or peanut butter. Add a dash of cinnamon for added yumm. It’s a great way to sneak in boost the nutrition for the kiddos.
4.) Chia Fresca: Mix the seeds in water; add lemon & lime, and a bit of honey to make a traditional South American elixir.
5.) Tropical Chia Breakfast Pudding (serves 5):
2/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
½ tsp coconut extract
½ cup mixed chopped fruit like pineapple, papaya, or berries
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Method: Mix chia seeds, coconut milk, and coconut extract in a 1 quart container and refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving, top with fruit, enjoy!