Chia Seeds Recipes: Simple Ways to Making Your Foods Healthier

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Chia seeds have plenty of health benefits for the human body. It lowers the risk for cardiovascular diseases because of the high omega fatty acids that is present in it. These fiber-rich seeds can help stabilize sugar level in your body to prevent slump periods that zap the energy out of your system. These seeds can also revive damaged cells to their healthy state after an attack from free radicals. If you are not fond of milk, chia seeds are a better alternative delivering 18% of your daily calcium requirement per ounce. These are just some of the good stuff this super seed has to offer, yet it is already enough to convince anyone to include it in their diet.

The most common concern when trying out a new food is the taste. It has to be palatable and it should pass every individual’s critical taste buds. The good news is chia seeds are almost tasteless. You can only sense its nut-like flavor if eaten directly. Once added in your meals, it takes the flavor of your food and you will hardly recognize it. If you do not approve of having whole seeds in your food, you can also opt for the ground seed so it does not affect the texture of your food.

There are many ways of eating chia seeds. You can eat them raw, mix them whole in your dishes, or transform it into a gel by adding water to it. Here are some chia seeds recipes that you may try at your homes.

Simple Soup

Add 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds to the soup stock of your preference. Let it soak for at least 10 minutes with occasional stirring to prevent lumps. Bring this to a boil then add your favorite garnishes, such as chives and parsley. Other chia seeds recipes for soups can simply be done by adding the seeds to canned soups, let it soak, and then heat.

Chia Salads

To enjoy chia seeds raw, just sprinkle it on your salad. Another way to combine this with your vegetable salad is to sprout the seeds first.

Healthy Egg Omelets

Make a chia gel by mixing one tablespoon of seeds with two tablespoons of water. Once the gel is formed (approximately 20 minutes), whisk this with 2 eggs and fry over butter. You can fill this with your favorite vegetables, like asparagus, bell peppers, or zucchini. For faster preparation, you can make the gel in advance, place it in a tight container, and refrigerate.

Pasta Dish

Sprinkle two tablespoons of chia seeds, whole or ground, as you cook your pasta sauce. Add this last and let it simmer for 10 minutes to give time for the seeds to soften. This will slightly thicken your sauce, but it will hardly be noticed in terms of texture or taste.

Chia Dessert

Of course, chia seeds recipes should always include desserts. To make chocolate pudding, combine ¼ cup chia seeds with ¾ cup milk. Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder and sugar to sweeten it. Let it sit overnight in your refrigerator and enjoy after a meal.

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