If you know anything about chia seeds, then you probably know they have been around for a very long time.
It seems that 2013 is the year that chia seeds are making it into the main stream health circuit by way of breakfast, main dishes, snacks and desserts.
This should be no surprise though; chia seeds are packed with protein, antioxidants, potassium, along with a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. Here are just a few ideas on how to eat chia seed.
How To Eat Chia Seed For Breakfast
If you like your oatmeal or some other type of hot cereal in the morning, try adding two tablespoons of chia seeds to your cooked cereal to enhance the flavor. Some like to eat their oatmeal cold or uncooked, also called overnight oats.
Add two tablespoons just before putting on your milk to give your no-cook oatmeal a little more texture. Just keep in mind that when chia seeds are added to liquid, they swell up a bit and take on a more gelatin like texture.
Yogurt has become a favorite for the breakfast meal, especially the new Greek yogurt. A healthy addition to this would be to stir a few seeds into your favorite flavor of yogurt to add a little protein and texture. This would also give a bit of crunch to the plain yogurts if you’re into that.
Smoothies are also very popular for breakfast because they are so quick and easy to make, yet very healthy and nutritious. You can sprinkle in a tablespoon or two of seeds to give it more nutritional value along with adding texture and a nice crunchy feel.
This would be similar to the raspberry seeds in your raspberry malt, crunchy yet satisfying. Same principal if you add them to fruit juice, just keep in mind it will thicken up the longer you let it sit.
Ideas For How To Eat Chia Seed Uncooked
If you’re looking for a quick snack or just not to hungry for lunch, mix in a couple Tbsp of chia seeds to a dish of cottage cheese. Not only will this add nutritional value, most claim it will intensify the flavor of the food you add it to.
If you wanted to thicken up skim cottage cheese, add the chia seeds and let the cottage sit in the fridge overnight for tomorrow’s lunch.
Mix in your daily dose of chia seeds with peanut butter. This will give it that crunchy peanut butter feel plus give you the omega-3 fatty acids for the day in a nice spread.
This would work the same way if you like Nutella or any other brand of hazel nut spread. Works great as a sandwich, put it on toast or spread it on your favorite crackers.
Pudding is another snack that works very well for camouflage if you have picky eaters that don’t like the thought of eating chia seeds. Cook the pudding first, and then sprinkle a dash on top of the pudding after it is dished up. This will look like decorations to the kids, who will be totally unaware that they are eating ‘healthy snacks’.
Speaking of pudding, you can make your own tapioca style pudding by adding chia seeds to milk. You can use pretty much any type of milk whether it’s regular store bought milk, any type of non-dairy milk or even raw milk if you have your own dairy cow.
The longer the seeds are allowed to sit in the milk, the thicker the pudding will be. You can eat it just as it is or you can stir in your favorite nuts or fruits.
Ideas For How To Eat Chia Seed Cooked
If you have a grain mill or some type of grinder, you can grind the chia seeds to make chia floor for baking. You can use it as a substitute for your all-purpose flour altogether or mixing with some type of flour that is gluten free.
If you want to use it for thick heavy dough, you can use the chia flour as a total replacement. If you are using it in stuff like pancake batter or other thinner dough, then mix it using 3 parts of regular flour to 1 part chia flour for best results.
You don’t have to grind the chia into flour if you want to use them whole in some of your baked goods. For instance, if you were making oatmeal cookies, just add three to four tablespoons of chia seeds to the cookie dough and bake them right in.
The same would go for muffins, pancakes or any type of whole-grain breads. This would add a nice texture and still get all the benefits of the chia seeds.
One little tip to keep in mind when eating chia seeds, they are tiny little boogers and will no doubt get stuck in your teeth. It is wise to keep a good supply of toothpicks around just for that occasion. Small price to pay for the added value to your diet, don’t you think?
As you can see from the ideas above, there are so many ways to add chia seeds to your diet and gain the nutritional value they have to offer. You can eat them raw or uncooked, cooked, by themselves or add them to any dish. Take these ideas and see how many more ways to eat chia seeds you can come up with.