Super foods, that’s what Chia seeds are. When I first started seeing them on people’s blogs I was intrigued. I needed to know what they tasted like, so 6 months ago I found them at Whole Foods. I bought a small bag to see if I liked them, and I did. I hate to use the word obsessed, but that’s what I am. As soon as I ran out of my little bag, I went back to Whole Foods and bought a few more bags.
After opening my second bag, I then got into detail, what are they, are they nutritious. I knew I like them, but I wanted more information. Here’s what I found.
Chia provides sustained energy, super nutrition, and offers many other healthy benefits, including building lean muscle mass, supporting cardiovascular health, and stabilizing blood glucose levels. The list of benefits goes on.
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds Break down like this:
- 4 grams of complete protein
- 4.5 grams of omega 3 oils
- 5.5 grams fiber
- 9% RDA calcium
- 7% RDA iron
- 136 calories
So many options for getting your essential fatty acids all in these little seeds. Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds and Chia Powder. I love them all, they all have flavor, texture and healthy benefits.
I came across Hemp Hearts when I was given a sample at a local health food store. I mixed the packet in with chia seeds and flax seeds and started using it on yogurt and nut butters.
Shake Chia seeds on top of an English muffin with your favorite nut butter.
Take it along in a small container to add to salads and yogurt when away from home.
Make a creamy chocolate dessert.
Adapted from Oh She Glows: http://ohsheglows.com/2009/08/18/repair-and-recover-vegan-chia-pudding/
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (soy, almond, hemp, rice, etc)
- 1/2 tablespoon cocoa
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon Sweetener to taste (agave, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, etc)
Directions: Mix chia, water, and milk together and stir for about 1 minute or two. Next add in the carob or cocoa (optional) and sweetener to taste. Stir for another minute and then pop it into the fridge for about 10-15 minutes. Remove from fridge and stir for another 20-30 seconds. Now enjoy your delicious, energizing, and antioxidant packed chia pudding! You can heat it up in the microwave too. Yields about 3/4 cup.
The texture in this pudding is fantastic, it reminded me of tapioca. I love the way the seeds turn into a gel ball. My husband ate some and really enjoyed it also. He now likes it when I add Chia seeds to his yogurt and cereal/granola.
Adding a few tablespoons to any baking recipe. I added them in these pumpkin protein cookies.
So you can say I’m a big fan of Chia Seeds! I think my favorite use right now is on top of nut butters with a banana slices.
I’m on the hunt for a good salad dressing recipe. I plan on trying a few different things with Chia seeds to further my use of them.
Question on the day: Do you use Chia Seeds?