Easy Chia Recipes


Chia seeds have made part of diet among various communities, particularly Native Americans for centuries because of its health benefits. Belonging to the mint family, the seed is harvested from Salvia hispanica plant. Naturally, it grows in Mexico and southwestern US but nowadays, it is even grown commercially in different countries, like, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Guatemala, among others. The seeds are used in different Chia recipes to improve and elevate the nutritional value of food and can be consumed raw or maybe after processing.

Chia seeds have a very high omega-3 fatty acids content, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants, which make them very nutritious for day to day consumption. Aside from this, the seeds also have proteins together with various minerals and vitamins. All the nutrients that are contained in these chia seeds make the seeds worth eating by people of every age group, particularly, those suffering from malnutrition. Besides being nutritious, these seeds have several other health benefits.

Health Benefits

– It is well known that chia seeds increase energy production in one’s body. The energy generated by the seeds lasts much longer permitting an individual to perform their daily duties without becoming stressed and tired.
– They provide stamina and endurance when consumed regularly. Therefore, those with a physically active lifestyle, like dancers and athletes, can benefit from the seeds.
– The omega-3 fatty acids that these seeds contain also aid in maintaining the health of one’s heart since these acids are great not just for the body but also the heart. It’s also among the greatest vegetable sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
– These acids are critical for good absorption of the fat soluble vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin D, and so on.
– The calcium and protein content in these seeds helps one build muscles and even strengthen their bones, thereby gifting one with great physique if taken together with a regular exercise routine.
– The antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in the chia seeds keep one youthful and enhance the skin and hair condition, making one look much younger.
– After soaking the seeds in water, they can benefit people who intend to cut some weight since the soluble fiber they possess makes the person feel full quickly hence control the excessive intake of food and cravings for any fatty foods.
– Consuming water soaked chia seeds cleanse one’s digestive system through the elimination of junk accumulation from one’s intestines. It aids in getting rid of toxins in the digestive tract.
– The chia seeds are also easily digested because of the fiber content and aids in keeping a smooth digestive system.
– The seeds absorb excess water hence after their intake; help one to remain adequately hydrated for longer periods of time by the retention of electrolytes in the body fluids.
– Chia seeds don’t a stronger taste like in other seeds, like flax seeds; that’s why the seeds can easily be used in different chia recipes without destroying its original taste.
– The seeds are very versatile and can be used in various recipes. They can be sprinkled on salads to act as seasonings, spread on bread plus butter, added to ice creams, sherbets, milk shakes, pastas, muffins, pizza, noodles, cakes and so on.
– Chia seeds have a high concentration of various nutrients that are found in top wholesome foods.

Chia Recipes

Chia is used in different recipes from cakes to smoothies to chocolate among others. These recipes also have a lot of nutritional value and are easy to make. Here are some of the chia recipes you may want to consider.

Chocolate Chia Protein Pancake

These are hearty, dense pancakes which are also full of chocolaty flavor. They act as a great post-workout food or filling breakfast before engaging in an intense morning workout!

Ingredients

– 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
– 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
– 1/2 of cup oats
– 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds
– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
– 1/4 cup of almond milk
– 1 tablespoon of Stevia
– 2 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
– 4 egg whites

Directions

– Blend all the ingredients.
– In a pre-heated and greased pan, pour batter in small circles.
– Cook each side for two minutes or until they are lightly brown.
– Top with sugar-free maple syrup and berries. You can also smear some of your best nut butter!

Chocolate Cherry Bomb

This is frozen and is great (if not better) compared to the real thing!

Ingredients

– 1 frozen banana
– 1 scoop of chocolate whey
– 1/2 cup of frozen dark cherries
– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
– 1/3 cup of almond milk
– Dash of cinnamon
– 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Directions

– Put the ingredients inside a blender.
– Allow them to stay inside the blender for about 5 minutes for the seeds to gel and also thicken.
– Blend to make a consistent thick ice cream.

Overnight Chia Oats

The old-fashioned oats can make a great breakfast for several fit-minded people. The slow-digesting and fiber-rich carb makes a perfect morning meal. The no-cook recipe is also perfect for the rushed mornings. When combined with protein-rich Greek yogurt, one gets a nutritionally-intense breakfast!

Ingredients

– 1/3 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
– 1 /2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
– 1 tablespoon of Stevia and cinnamon
– 2 tablespoon of Chia seeds
– 1/4 cup of blueberries

Directions

– Add all the ingredients minus the berries to a container or jar with a lid.
– Put on the lid and then shake.
– Remove the lid and then add blueberries.
– Put the lid again and then leave the container in a fridge overnight.
– Consume it the next morning.

Green Chia Protein Smoothie

This could contain spinach, flaxseed and blueberries. Banana when combined with Chia seeds give a thicker consistency.

Ingredients

– 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
– 1 cup of spinach
– 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
– 1/2 frozen banana
– 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 1 tablespoon of Stevia and a dash of cinnamon

Directions

– Add all the ingredients to the blender and then blend.
No-Bake Chocolate Chia Peanut Butter Balls
Everyone gets a craving for an amazing combination of peanut butter and chocolate once in a while. The rather little gems amazingly guilt-free, satisfying and rich!

Ingredients

– 1/4 cup of Stevia
– 1/4 cup of peanut butter, PB2 or almond butter
– 1/4 cup of Stevia brown sugar blend
– 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract
-2 tablespoon of cocoa powder
– A handful of carob chips or dark chocolate chips
– 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
– 2 tablespoon of oat flour

Directions

– Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
– Make small sized balls.
– Place the balls on a plate, cover nicely and then put in a fridge.

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