Chia seeds are one of the new “superfoods” with many health benefits. These small white or black seeds are packed with nutrients. Eating chia seeds is an easy way to get more protein, fibre, and nutrients. They also have omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, essential for optimum health. Since they don’t have a strong flavour, it’s easy to incorporate them into many recipes. Try these tips to add more chia seeds to your meals:
Bake with chia seeds
Chia seeds are versatile. Experiment with them in cakes, muffins, and cookies. Mix them in the original batters or sprinkle them on top of the finished products. Try different versions to find the one you prefer. You could consider making a chia seed bread loaf in the oven. You can crush the seeds in a blender or mixer and add them to the dough. Chia seeds add protein and fibre to bread and other baked goods. Chia seeds can be used instead of poppy seeds in your recipes. They still taste delicious and add a fun crunch.
Add chia seeds to puddings
Chia seeds work well in dairy and dairy-free versions of puddings. Try blending almond milk with fruit, nuts, and chia seeds in a blender. Then, freeze the concoction until it is solid, or refrigerate it for a more fluid blend. If you prefer to use chia seeds as a garnish, sprinkle them on top of puddings. A couple of teaspoons is usually enough.
Make chia seed water
Chia seed water is an easy and fast way to add more nutrition to your diet. It is easy to make chia seed water – soak about half a cup of chia seeds in six cups of water. Wait 20 to 30 minutes. Then, strain out the chia seeds and drink the water.
Try chia seed cereal
If you’re interested in trying something new for breakfast, make chia seed cereal. First, soak the chia seeds in dairy or dairy alternative milk. Add the chia seeds to a bowl in the morning. They should be softer and plumper. Fill the bowl with more milk. Then, add berries or bananas. Sprinkle with additional nuts or cinnamon and enjoy.
Add chia seeds to a stir fry
Whether you’re making a vegetarian stir fry or one with seafood and meat, chia seeds are a good addition. Simply sprinkle chia seeds into the pan along with other ingredients. They should get darker and crunchier in the pan as you stir fry your meal. Chia seeds can replace sesame seeds in some recipes.
Use chia seeds as a coating or thickener
Instead of breadcrumbs, consider using chia seeds to coat fish, meat, or other food. Grind up chia seeds in a blender, so they are smaller and easier to use – try to turn them into powder. You can then spread the powder on top of fish or other meat instead of breadcrumbs. Cook them the same way as you would other breaded products, just ensure they’re not overcooked and turn black. Some recipes require breadcrumbs or other things as thickeners. However, you can also use chia seeds to thicken meatballs and burgers. Simply add powdered or ground chia seeds to the uncooked meat. This can also help save money by reducing the amount of meat you need.
Chia seeds are delicious and healthy. Try these tips and add more chia seeds to your meals at home for easy, tasty additional nutrients.