Five Way To Get Chia Seeds Into Your Daily Diet
Chia seeds are by far one of my favorite super foods. They are extremely nutrient dense, containing a high percentage of healthy fats (mostly from omega-three's) as well as eleven grams of fiber per ounce.
Meaning, in just two tablespoons, only one hundred and forty calories, you can take in a lot of beneficial nutrients for your health.
Chia seeds are easy, adaptable and truly unique. I've written about them before in THIS POST stating that they are one of three foods I think every child should have in their diets.
Some of the benefits of chia seeds include:
Increase your fiber intake this helping out your gut
Help combat diabetes by slowing down digestion
Improve brain health through their omega three's
Improves bones and teeth by containing a hefty dose of calcium
Helps keep you full due to the blend of amino acids
All in just two tablespoons.
You'd be silly not to add it!
But how exactly should you incorporate it into your diet? Below are my top five favorite ways to make use of chia seeds.
Super tasty and filling! These little seeds of wonder for a gel when combined with liquid making them the perfect pudding base.
Just combine 1/4 of chia seeds with 1 cup of liquid (I like almond milk or coconut for a creamier profile) and whisk in any sweetener you want to use (like maple syrup). Let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours and there's your pudding base. Top it with fruit, vanilla, granola – anything! Once gelled, the world of flavor is for you to create.
My favorite is this chocolate banana chia pudding. Because.. chocolate banana!
Add Chia To Your Smoothies
Because chia seeds create a gel with liquid, they make a great binder. In smoothies or shakes add 1-2 tablespoons in and let your shake sit for a few minutes before drinking. The seeds will help it thicken giving it a creamier texture. You can add chia seeds to any of my favorite green shakes!
Top Your Oatmeal With Them
Like I said, chia seeds are versatile. Meaning, they don't change the flavor of your meal from adding them. Throw them into your favorite oatmeal recipe and not only will they help thicken it, making the stick-to-your-gut oatmeal your grandma always talked about, but you'll be boosting the nutritional intake of your oatmeal too!
Add Chia Seeds To Muffins
These little balls are most definitely a super food, so why not add them into your baked goods?
They blend easily, help absorb liquid and supply your body with a host of nutritional benefits. Check out my Seed Muffins for a great recipe!
Chia Seed Jam
Who doesn't love jam?! While I am a jam fiend, I find a lot of store bought brands are just sticky sugar. So, given my nature, I started to make my own!
Don't forget to pin these tasty chia seed tips!
Chia seed jam won't last as long in your fridge, but it's so tasty you'll eat it quickly anyways! Combine your berries of choice, along with your sweetener (I use maple syrup) and place it on the stove reducing it from a boil. Add in your chia seeds, let it simmer a bit and then turn it off and let it sit. The chia seeds pull the water to create a gel thus making a super quick, super healthy homemade jam!
If you weren't sold on chia seeds – you should be now! They are simple, easy, tasty and oh so good for you. Here are a few of my favorite snack recipes with chia!