Chia seeds have appeared side by side with many a new trend in the world of healthy food. Their nutritive value earned them the title of Superfood. It is not surprising, considering that they contain 9 essential amino acids that are needed in muscle building. Also, they are extremely rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Fiber account for almost 90% of carbohydrates that chia seeds contain. Breaking down fiber does not require insulin nor raise blood sugar.
9 Ways to Use Chia Seeds – Recipes
To begin with, it is important to note that chia seeds absorb fluid and can increase their volume up to 10 times. Their texture becomes gelatious, making them ideal for use in couisine.
Fillings with Chia Seeds
Add a teaspoon of chia seeds to your flakes, yogurt or sprinkle your salad with them. One teaspoon contains only 65 kcal, and supplies 54% of the required daily intake of Omega-3.
Chia seeds will not change the texture and taste of a smoothie or a frappe; on the contrary, it will only give it even better and thicker texture. Additionally, they will enrich the beverage with 3.4g of fiber, 80% of the required daily vitamin intake and 63.1mg of calcium (1 tablespoon).
Due to its ability to absorb fluid, chia is an ideal substitute for people who are intolerant to eggs, vegans and those who want to improve their health.
Blend 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for a few seconds. Then add 3 tablespoons of water to the powder and stir. Leave it for 5 minutes or put it in the blender for a few seconds.
The chia egg will have a texture of an actual egg so you will be able to use it when baking muffins, cakes, pastries, etc. If you want more eggs, just increase the amount of chia and water (ratio 1: 3).
Put a quarter of a cup of chia seeds in a bowl and add 1 cup of almond milk. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and add a natural sweetener (agave nectar or maple syrup). Add cinnamon accorrding to prefernce. Stir well, cover the bowl and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
Enjoy a healthy, vegan breakfast in the morning! You can sprinkle your pudding with coconut, almonds, etc. Also, if you use sweet almond milk, do not add as much sweetening syrup.
If you want to enrich your bread, pancakes or walnuts, put the seeds in the blender and add them to the flour you are using. We recommend that you include chia egg in the recipe.
Chia Jam Gel
Add 50 ml of hot water to a spoonful of chia seeds. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. Put the chia gel in the blender along with fresh fruit according to preference, and use it as jam.
Chia Detox Drink
Make chia gel, put it in a glass bottle and add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of organic, sugar-free juice as desired. Shake well and begin your detox!
Chia Energy Bar
These bars serve as an excellent meal right before or after a hard workout.
Blend 12 seedles dates for about 30 seconds (until you get a homogeneous mixture). Fill a bowl with dates, 70g chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of minced cinnamon. Stir until you get a homogeneous mixture. Afterwards spread the mixture acrross the baking tin (use parchment paper). Leave in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. Use a knife to cut into 8 equal parts (bars).
Yes, chia seeds are not just for eating – you can use them in cosmetics too!
Mix ¼ cups of coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 1 spoonful of chia seeds in the pot. When using on a wet face, apply the mixture and massage the face with circular movements. Wait 2 minutes until the mixture is compressed. Remove the scrub with a wet towel and wash your face with cold water.
Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.