The Best Ways To Use Chia Seeds In Your Diet – 5 Ideas You Will Love
Chia Seeds, I am pretty sure you have heard the name before and are aware that in the last couple of years Chia seeds have become more and more popular.
So you heard your friends talking about it and decided to buy some, but the question now is what are the best ways to use Chia Seeds In your Diet?
There’s no point buying them if we leave them sitting on our kitchen counter so here are some great ideas that I want to share with you and hopefully you will find it easier to implement your seeds to your every day diet and also share it with your family.
Why Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds have twice the amount of proteins of any other seed, about five times the calcium of whole milk, plus a particular mineral called boron, that helps the absorption of calcium in the bones.
If this is not enough Chia seeds have a great amount of potassium twice the amount present in a banana and three times more antioxidants than cranberries, and even more iron than spinach. They are rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids and also contain magnesium, manganese, copper, niacin, zinc and other vitamins.
Does it seem a lot to you’ No wonder they are so popular now!
They are a complete source of proteins, providing all the essential amino acids in an easily digestible form and are also a fabulous source of soluble fiber; the seeds absorb water (9 to 12 times their weight in water) and create a mucilaginous gel.
Chia seeds have so many properties, it is almost hard to remember them all; they can help you fight physical fatigue and give you extra energy, they are what we call super foods!
The Seeds are extremely versatile and can be easily added to sweet or salty recipes.
How to use Chia Seeds in the kitchen?
Here are some great ideas to introduce this super food in your everyday cuisine; they are simple ideas that even your kids will love and it is a nice and easy way to make them have some super foods without hearing them complaint about it.
1. Energy smoothie with Chia seeds
I have to start with smoothies because they are one of my favorite go to when I am in need of energy and want a quick fix
Energy smoothies are very a healthy way to improve physical and mental performance when feeling tired.
In this case all you are going to need is a fruit, a veggie and Chia seeds, which relieves fatigue while providing fiber, proteins and other nutrients to the body.
- 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
- 2 spoons of cocoa powder
- 1 banana
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 cup of almond drink
Easy and fast all you need is to put all the ingredients in the blender jar and beat them at maximum speed until a creamy texture is achieved and that’s it.
Serve it immediately or take it with you whenever you want to improve your performance.
2. Mexican Tortillas
To cook a Mexican tortilla with Chia seeds is an excellent option to quench hunger between meals or as part of breakfast.
You can prepare sweets or salted omelette, and you can add other foods such as vegan cheese, vegan salami or whatever you can think of.
- 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ tablespoon ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 5 tablespoons of water
You can start by incorporating all the ingredients in a bowl and mixing them well until you achieve a thick and firm consistency.
Separate the dough into 5 pairs of balls and flatten them with the help of a rolling pin.
Next, heat a pan over low heat and place the the flatten dough for 2 or 3 minutes on each side to brown.
Serve them with whatever you prefer.
If you want a snack rich in vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, then the recipe for cookies with Chia is what you are looking for..
- ½ cup of Chia seeds
- Half a cup of sesame seeds
- ½ cup of pumpkin seeds
- Half a cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup of cranberries
- 1 cup of water
Another very simple cookie recipes to follow and you will have it ready in less than an hour.
Combine all the seeds with a cup of water, create flat little cookies shaped with the help of your hands, and bake them in the oven at 170ºC for 30 minutes.
Make sure they are crisp and golden brown.
4. Banana ice cream and Chia seeds and Kiwi
Now this is a winner with my kids; the banana ice cream with Chia seeds.
A very healthy and delicious way to enjoy an ice cream is to prepare it homemade with healthy ingredients.
- 1 banana
- 1/2 Kiwi
- ½ glass of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds
Peel the banana and the kiwi and put them in the blender with the coconut milk and the chia seeds.
Then process until a more or less thick kind of mixture is obtained.
Pour the smoothie in an ice cream tray or mold and leave it in the freezer for the necessary time and that’s it. Your ice cream is done!
Seriously my kids are not the type of eating Chia seeds on their own and the easiest way for me to make sure they get some super food in their belly is by giving them ice cream
5.Vegan pancake with Chia and oat
Ingredients (for 2 people, about 6 units)
½ glass rice flour
½ glass fine oats flakes
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 glass vegetable drink (ideally oat-milk if you can)
1 teaspoon of Chia seeds
In the glass of the blender, beat all the ingredients and let them rest for 10 minutes to take consistency.
Heat a pan, add a splash of oil and make the pancakes: put the dough of a pancake in the pan (the size that fits in a ladle), let it cook a few minutes over medium heat and turn over when the top start cooking a little. Cook on the other side and serve. To make it even more delicious you can add some blueberries on top and some maple syrup.
So there you have it some simple, easy to make ideas on how to serve and implement Chia seeds in your everyday cooking.
I hope you will enjoy it and if you have any recipes with Chia seeds that you would like to share with me, please leave them in the comments area below!