In the last few years, the one food product that has made a niche for itself in the mind of people is the Chia seeds. This has impacted the food companies too, as they have recognized the need for Chia seeds in their products. In the current time, Chia seeds are added in cereals, drinks, puddings, bread, and many other different food items. Firstly, it is essential to know what Chia seeds are.
Chia seeds belonged to the family of mint and were once cultivated by Aztecs, and currently, they are mostly found in the region of Mexico and U.S. southwest. They are a great source of nutrients, as they contain omega-3 fatty acids, some powerful antioxidants, along with calcium, fiber, and iron.
For the people who are planning to shed some weight and for women who are pregnant, they should definitely read this article to know the benefits of Chia seeds.
How to Eat Chia Seeds?
How to Eat Chia Seeds – 10 Delicious Ways to Include it in Your Diet
With all these various health benefits, which people can attain from Chia seeds(1), here are some of the fantastic recipes that can be consulted for utilizing them effectively.
1. Green Chia Smoothie
- For this healthy drink, the ingredients required are two cups of spinach, 1.5 cups of water, and two tablespoons of Chia seeds.
- Blend all these ingredients in a blender.
- After that, add one peeled orange, some blueberries, and strawberries.
- Blend again. The healthy smoothie is ready.
2. Strawberry Rhubarb Chia Seed Drink
For this recipe, soak Chia seeds in water overnight in 1:4 ratio. We want the Chia seeds to plump and swell. Next day, first make a strawberry rhubarb juice.
For making the juice, add rhubarb and citrus zest in boiling water. After that, add in some straws and lime juice. In this strawberry rhubarb juice, add the mixture of Chia seeds and water, in a 3:1 ratio.
3. Juice Soaked Chia Seeds
Chia seeds can be soaked in your favorite food too.
- Just soak them in any fruit juice, I would recommend mixed fruit juice for thirty minutes for a delicious drink.
- The recommended quantity is 1/4 cup of Chia seeds to 4 cups of juice.
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4. Chia Spiced Banana Smoothie
For this extremely flavourful drink, you will need
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and cardamom each
- 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, ginger, and
- Cloves, along with two tablespoons of Chia seeds soaked in water for an hour.
Make a regular banana smoothie; just add all these ingredients too.
5. Raw Chia Seeds Toppings
Chia seeds are a versatile ingredient and thus, can be used in different ways.
Add a tablespoon of Chia seeds on top of your daily bowl of oatmeal and increase the flavor of your dish immensely.
6. Cinnamon Chia Seeds Granola
For this healthy bite, the ingredients needed are a cup of oats, two tablespoons of Chia seeds, a half teaspoon of cinnamon, one-fourth teaspoon of nutmeg, two tablespoons of honey, and one tablespoon of canola oil.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then transfer the mixture in a greased oven tray, and bake it for 15 minutes at 300 degrees.
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7. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds can be used in desserts too, and a chocolate Chia seed pudding is one of the best examples. For this recipe, we will require
- 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
- ¼-cup of Chia seeds
- ¾ cup of almond milk
- 1-2 teaspoon of sugar
First, mix Chia seeds and almond mix. After that, mix in cocoa powder and sugar. Let the mixture sit for 30-60 minutes. Then, stir it and enjoy.
8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding
To make this amazing dessert, we will require half a cup of milk, two tablespoons of Chia seeds, two tablespoons of peanut butter, and half a scoop of chocolate protein powder.
Firstly, mix Chia seeds and milk and let it sit for some time until the mixture thickens. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. The Chia Seed pudding is ready.
9. Honey and Lemon Drink
The ingredients needed for this healthy and refreshing drink are two tablespoons Chia seeds, one tablespoon of honey, two cups of water, and two teaspoons of juice. Mix all the ingredients, refrigerate for an hour, and then, enjoy this drink.
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10. Mango & Chia Seeds
For the mango lovers and people who are health freaks, this is a perfect drink. This drink can be easily made by using one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of Chia seeds, a cup of coconut milk, and a ½ cup of mango pulp.
Firstly, add Chia seeds, milk, and honey in a bowl and set this mixture aside for 10 minutes. Now in a glass, add the mango pulp and milk mixture to it. Refrigerate it for a few hours to enjoy it chilled.
Chia seeds are one of those ingredients that are becoming very popular amongst health conscious people, due to its massive benefits. People should adopt it in their lifestyles to stay away from diseases, especially related to the heart.
However, it should also be noted that it should be consumed in an appropriate amount, as overdoing it can result in some problems too. Nevertheless, everyone should try the different recipes to include Chia seeds in their different meals, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner.