Well…it’s more like 11 uses for chia. But as you’ll see they are pretty versatile little gems. Promise.
Gosh I love chia seeds. And you should too.
Lets talk Chia!
What are they?
Chia or Salvia Hispanica have been around for millenia. Native to Central and South America they were used by the Mayans and Aztecs. Those ancient civilizations…they knew! Chia look a bit like poppy seeds or round seasame seeds and can be black, white or mottled grey (all colours have the same nutritional benefits). Chia seeds come from the Lamiacease plant which is part of the mint family. You can buy the seeds whole or ground at most good health food stores. Even some supermarkets now stock them.
Those little seeds sure do pack a nutritional punch. In particular they tick the boxes for omega 3’s, protein (chia are considered a complete protein), fiber and plenty of vitamins (A, B, E, Calcium, Magnesium…just to name a few). They also hold lots of liquid, which means they are excellent for keeping you hydrated, filling you up and ahem…keeping you regular.
The’re kinda magical…
No, not like magic mushrooms. Sorry. These little crunchy seeds turn into a gel when you add liquid to them…very cool. This means they are very versatile! Awesome hey?
- Sprinkle them on your yogurt, deserts, porridge or salad
- Add into your smoothies
- Tend and care for your own chia pet (remember them from years ago..?)
- Use in baking (cakes, breads, muffins)
- Use them to set dairy free cheesecakes, mousse or jellies
- Use them to thicken soups, casserole or stews
- Make your own healthy jams
- Add to water to make a super hydrating, slightly strange, textured sports drink
- Use as an egg substitute (1 tablespoon of chia + 3 tablespoons of water + mix until a gel is formed = 1 egg)
Or…make these delicious treats
These are delicious little treats best enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. They are soft and a bit fudgy (that’s how I like them) so you feel very decadent and spoiled. Oh and if you dare….add some chopped nuts or goji berries to the mixture for a little crunch and texture.
Or how about this….
Chia pudding is great as a snack, breakfast or a desert, served warm or chilled. If you are feeling a little fancy try adding a tablespoon of cacao powder for a chocolate treat, or use chai tea in place of the warm water – delicious!
Now, go and begin your new love affair with chia seeds!