Ch-ch-ch-chia! I know, I know. We’re all sick and tired of that one. But it’s fun, yeah? We all recall those crazy clay animals sprouting afros of green in the 80’s right?
Not only is chia a fun memory from our youth, but the seeds of those wigs and fur coats are super great to eat and are jam-packed full of nutritional neat-o! Chia is a member of the mint family and is a fast-growing herb, with white, blue, and purple flowers that produce these super-powered seeds that we now cultivate and devour. Gluten free and fiber-full, chia seeds boast the highest omega-3 content in nature, and also contain high levels of tryptophan, the amino acid precursor of serotonin (the happy chemical!). They’re also a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, and folic acid, and thanks to their ability to absorb liquid like a sponge, they make for a great vegan egg replacer and binder in baking, and also help flush toxins out of the body during digestion by adhering to the bad stuff in the digestive tract and ushering it out. The beauty of these little gems, is that unlike flax seeds, you needn’t grind them to reap all the health bonuses!
So what do you do with chia seeds? Anything! You can blend the seeds into juice and smoothies, add them into soups, stews, and chillis, or roll the little guys into raw chocolate protein balls.
Eat More Chia!
With an amazing nutritional profile, mild flavor, and impressive versatility, it’s hard to think of a reason NOT to incorporate more of these super seeds into your diet!
Smoothies and Drinks: Chia seeds make a great addition to smoothies and other drinks. Added whole, they impart a fun texture to frescas and even cocktails. Ground, they are great thickeners for smoothies and nogs.
Raw Treats: With their amazing water-absorbing capacity (and no heat required), chia seeds are perfect thickeners raw puddings and sauces! These recipes are all must-try’s!
Baking and Desserts: Chia seeds can be combined with water to make a “chia egg” (shown below) – a gel-like mixture that’s perfect for baking. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and wait about 10 minutes before adding to other ingredients.
The recipes below use chia seeds for added texture, body and nutrition. Check them out!
There are plenty of chia products available on the market these days, so pick some up today, and find your fave!
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