by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health.
Chia seeds are versatile and tremendously nutritious. They are loaded with quality proteins, antioxidants and fiber with lesser calories – this makes them a powerful force for good skin, weight loss, constipation and thyroid-related issues. The word ‘chia’ is rooted in ancient Mayan culture denoting strength as their messengers used to carry these seeds to permit them to travel great distances. Let us take a page out of their book and discover some exciting ways of incorporating chia seeds into our daily routines-
1. Chia Seeds As An Egg Substitute
If you love to bake but are vegan, vegetarian or keep eggs at bay, then this may be just what you are looking for. Chia seeds can make a suitable replacement without affecting the taste of your delicious bakes. Grab a bowl and add 1 tbsp of chia seeds, 3 tbsp of water to it and keep it aside for 5 minutes – this can be used instead of an egg in all your inventive baking recipes.
2. Add Some Extra Bite to Your Yoghurt
For those who enjoy some extra texture, soaking your chia seeds in yoghurt aka our desi dahi makes a creamy but crunchy option for breakfast or a quick snack. To a bowl with ½ cup of milk and ½ cup yoghurt, mix in 2 tbsp of chia seeds. Leave this in the fridge overnight and add your favourite toppings for a yummy dessert! We recommend dried berries like cranberries or blueberries are they rich in antioxidants.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so amp it up with these healthy seeds by adding them to your morning smoothies. Make a chia gel by taking a handful of chia seeds and mixing them with some water till it blooms and becomes almost like a gel of thick consistency (Let it sit for 10 min). This can be added to milk, water, and berries (or fruit of your choice) and blended together to form the ultimate smoothie.
4. Overload Your Oatmeal With Nutrients
Have an effortless meal with this suggestion! Prepare your favourite oatmeal and just put in a tablespoon of chia seeds for the additional health benefits- perfect for your busy mornings.
5. Supplement Your Cereal
An easy bowl of milk and cereal is a go-to option when it comes to quick breakfast for most of us. When we are in too much of a hurry to cook up an elaborate meal, the nutritional quality of our food is the last thing on our minds. Take your health seriously by mixing in a few spoons of chia seeds into your cereal.
6. Make Some Pancakes
Get innovative with your stack of pancakes by opting for a chia seed batter, packed with all the sustenance to have a productive day and keep disease away. One such batter recipe includes 2 egg whites, 1 tbsp flour, 1/3rd cup banana pieces, and 1 tsp of chia seeds. Mix them all together and cook the pancakes as you usually would for a scrumptious stack.
7. The Proof Is In The Pudding
Chia pudding is a delightful way of making the most out of the minerals and vitamins these seeds provide. You can meal-prep for the week with this overnight chia seed pudding- Add 2 tbsp chia seeds for ½ cup of milk and mix it very well. Put some honey on top and keep it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Mix it thoroughly to avoid any clumping. You may garnish this smooth dessert with anything you prefer and you’re ready to go!
8. Let’s Jam
The gel-like consistency of soaked chia seeds makes it a desirable ingredient to make some fruity jam. It can be a good alternative to pectin which can have a bitter taste. By adding some fruit syrup and honey, you will have a jam that is fun and easy.
9. Chia Cookies
Switch out your unhealthy cookies for something better for your overall well-being with chia seeds. Taking 1 cup of natural almond butter, ½ cup of coconut sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp of vanilla, ½ teaspoon of salt, and 2 tbsp of chia seeds, you can make a mouth-watering cookie batter. Add chocolate chips for added sweetness. Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately and then fold the wet mixture into the dry one. Bake this for 10 min at 350°F and serve hot!
10. Salads and Salad Dressings
Eating leafy greens can be lackluster sometimes and it helps to add some oompf to your salads. Add a fistful of chia seeds along with whatever nuts you prefer and you will have an exciting lunch, overloaded with micronutrients.
11. Tasty Truffles
Make some sweet truffles fired up with the high-quality nutrition that chia seeds possess. Take ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats, ¼ cup hemp seeds, 2 tsp chia seeds, ¼ cup raw cacao, 6-8 dates, and 1 cup coconut flakes. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and roll into small balls. Let it set in the fridge till solid and enjoy this guilt-free dessert!
From the above, we can tell just how creative we can get with chia seeds. Our body is a temple and we may use this superfood to give our temple exactly what it needs to stay productive and at-ease!