Chia Seeds. We’ve all heard about them, but maybe you’ve never known what to do with these delicious seeds! Chia seeds help to control your appetite because they fill you up and act as a great source of protein. They’re full of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B, D, E, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium! So when we came across these 10 ideas for incorporating chia seeds into your regular diet, we just couldn’t resist passing them along to you!
1. Use In Place Of an Egg In Recipes
Substitute 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (preferably finely ground) + 3 tablespoons of water per egg.
2. Thicken Up Soups Or Gravies
If you don’t want to use cornstarch or other thickening agents, add a teaspoon of chia seeds or chia bran at a time until you reach your desired thickness. Bear in mind it takes a minute or two for the seeds to swell and work their magic. Be patient!
3. Sprout Chia Seeds To Use In Salads.
These things are quite zesty…a bit like broccoli sprouts. Chia seeds are mucilaginous so you can’t use the usual tray or jar sprouters. Instead, sprinkle a thin layer of seeds on the bottom of an unlaquered terra cotta dish or plate. Put the terra cotta dish in a larger plate of water. Cover with another plate. Small amounts of water permeate the terra cotta plate upon which the chia seeds sit, and provide exactly the right amount of water to sprout them. Day 2, lightly mist the seeds (or sprinkle) with water. Day 3, they should be right to eat.
4. Add To a Chocolate Brownie or Truffle Recipe To Turn Them Into Protein Bars
Throw in a few tablespoons of protein powder while you’re at it.
5. Try a Chia-coconut Goob, Especially if You’re An Athlete
Just mix coconut water and some seeds to form an electrolyte-laden “goo.”
6. Use as a Slow Cooker Aid.
Cooking with a slow cooker can often leave you with a lot of excess liquid. I do two things.
The first: Thicken the sauce by adding some seeds or chia seed bran.
The second: Remove any excess liquid (a very brothy, nutritious mixture) and put in a jar with some chia seeds and then eat with toast, over rice, pasta or vegetables.
7. An Easy Thick Omelette.
Add chia seeds to beaten eggs, soak for 10 minutes and turn into an omelette or frittata.
8. Make Crackers.
Make a thin batter of ground chia seeds and milk and cook in a slow oven to make crackers.
9. Make a Cinnamon Chia Butter.
Add ground seeds to nut butter and amp the nutrition. Or add to butter with some cinnamon and spread on hot toast.
10. Make a Healthy Pudding.
Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to 1 1/2 cups of almond or cashew milk.
Source: Hungry For Change