5 Fun Ways to Use Chia Seeds – chia seeds are hailed as a superfood – and for good reason.
BBC Good Food notes how chia seeds come from the Salvia hispanica plant, common to Central and South America, where it was used as a source of energy by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Today, chia seeds are a powerhouse that have become quite popular due to the benefits they give. Case in point, Pretty Me lists how chia seeds are full of antioxidants (which slows down skin aging), good for bone health (due to minerals such as calcium and zinc), and a good source of omega-3 (for a healthier heart). They even contain healthy compounds, like caffeic acid that eases inflammation, and chlorogenic acid that lowers blood pressure. In short, chia seeds’ benefits prove how they really are a superfood.
Aside from the above-mentioned health perks, our article entitled ‘How Healthy are Chia Seeds’ covers how they are extremely absorbent, but have none of the strong flavours of other superfoods like spirulina. That means you can easily use them in a variety of fun ways. Here are five:
Soak some in your beverage
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The easiest way to use chia seeds is to just add them to your favourite beverage. Remember, chia seeds don’t have a strong flavour, so you don’t have to worry about them affecting the taste of your drink. What you can do is soak 1/4 cup of chia seeds in 4 cups of water or juice, or even tea or smoothies, for 20-30 minutes. After that, you can enjoy your drink.
Make it part of a pudding… a chia pudding
Chia pudding is arguably the most popular, and delicious, way to use chia seeds. There are different ways to make one, but you can start with All Recipe’s mango chia pudding recipe. Stir in a bowl some chia seeds, almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Cover the bowl, refrigerate it, and leave it in there overnight. Then, layer it with mango puree, which you can make by blending maple syrup and slices of mango until smooth. That’s it, you have a tasty, guilt-free treat!
Infuse them into a protein bar
One way to stave off hunger pangs is by munching on a protein bar, which you can infuse with chia seeds, too. To make your chia-infused protein bars, purée apricots in a food processor with oats and 150 ml. Then, combine the mixture with coconut, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds toasted in a non-stick pan over a low heat, along with cranberries, hemp powder, and chia seeds. Roll the final mix on a sheet of cling film. Wrap tightly, then chill.
Turn them into ice cream
Another tasty treat you can infuse with chia seeds is ice cream, so why not follow this ‘Vegan Strawberry Chia homemade ice cream’ recipe? Just make almond cream by finely chopping almonds and stirring well with water. Then, blend them with fresh strawberries, frozen bananas, honey, 1/2 cup of water, and a teaspoon or 2 of chia seeds. Pour into a container and let the mixture freeze for 5 or more hours and you’ve got yourself delicious, healthy ice cream.
Toss them into your salad
You can level up your salad with chia seeds in two ways. First, you can sprinkle chia seeds into your salad to give it that extra crunchiness. Second, you can mix chia seeds into your salad dressing. Given chia seeds’ hydrophilic properties (they tend to dissolve in liquid rather easily), you won’t need to worry about chunks of chia ruining your favourite dressing.
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