101 uses for Chia!

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. 

Delicious Balls....recipe is below. Keep scrolling ;)
Delicious Balls….recipe is below. Keep scrolling 😉

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.

The humble chia

Why Chia?

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?

Chia pets! image via pinterest

Now what?  

  • 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.chocchiaballrecipe

 

Or how about this….

chiapud

 

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!

 

5 Comments

  1. Oooh, interesting. Didn’t know about the egg substitute! also interested in the jam, very interested, been trying to find an alternative to heaps of sugar for a while now…off to find a recipe.

    • I know cool hey. As for the jam…I kinda threw left over/starting to go bad fruit into a pot with some water, a table spoon or 2 of chia seeds and some rice malt syrup/honey/maples syrup (to taste) and then gently heated it for maybe half an hour – adding water if required. Oh and I also added some vanilla. That was a winner with the apricot 😉

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