Knowing some of the best recipes for chia seeds


Several quick and healthy recipes for chia seeds include a wide array of food preparations. It may even be eaten raw because it readily provides fats, fiber, and protein. Many place it in salads and sandwiches as an additional garnish. Chia seeds are also integrated in fruit shakes and other drinks. In addition, it has a new found importance in the preparation of pastries, breads, cakes, biscuits, and cookies. Due to the added texture that it can provide, chia is also added to stews, soups, yogurt and puddings. The Possibilities are endless!

Ways to Enjoy your Chia Seeds

1. Chia seeds alone are considered a quick and healthy snack as they can be eaten raw and as is. If you love nuts, chia is for you. It has, for the most part, a very nutty flavor.

2. You can grind your chia seeds (but really no need to) to add more texture and flavor to your soups, stews, yogurt and pudding.

3. Snack time is still chia time! When you bake your cookies, cakes, biscuits, bread, and other related recipes, you can still integrate the chia seeds benefits by adding an acceptable proportion to your dough or batter. Since you can eat your baked food anywhere, you can say yes to good health virtually anytime and anywhere.

4. Breakfast time is also meant for enjoying your chia seeds. This is one of the simplest ways of deriving all the advantages from this super food. Just sprinkle a generous amount of chia seeds in your oatmeal, enjoy your healthy breakfast instantly and supercharge your energy for the day.

5. Salads are better if they can be even healthier. Can you imagine that? Salad, is already known to be healthy but why not make it even healthier. How? Simply add ground or whole (depending on your preference) chia seeds to your usual Caesar or garden salad. Toss the mixture and enjoy.

6. Shake it: Quench your thirst and address your health concerns at the same time. That’s quite convenient, isn’t it? Simply put your favorite fruits in a blender, add some crushed ice, low fat milk and Chia seeds.

7. The sticky solution: Simply soak some chia seeds in water for a few minutes (9 parts water to 1 part seeds (1 T)). Make sure to stir it from time to time until it becomes gel-like. Since chia seeds can absorb water that is nine times its weight, you will come up with a healthy gel filled with nutrients that can be added to just about anything. I mix this with my yogurt quite often.

8. Good morning, chia: All you need is water or your favorite fruit juice. Try this. Before you jog or exercise in the morning, add ground chia seeds to water or juice (better in juice) and proceed with your exercise. Also use in your post workout drink and start seeing and feeling the difference.

9. Use Chia seeds to thicken soups and stews. Mix with ground turkey or hamburger. Add to smoothies. Sprinkle over your salad. Add to sauces, even ketchup. Add to bread recipes. Add to rice and stuffing. Mix in with granola. Mix with Nutella spread, peanut butter or any other spread.

Some of the bets and healthy recipes for chia seeds

1. Chia Whole-wheat Pancakes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup skim milk

2 egg whites

1/2 cup oats

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 tbsp. honey

1/4 cup applesauce

1 1/2 tsp bake powder

1/4 tsp sea-salt

1 T Chia seeds (mix in last)

Directions:

Mix above ingredients well. Spray fry pan with cooking spray and bring to desired temp., add chia seeds to batter and mix. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on cooking pan. Cook until pancake bubbles and lift slightly with spatula to make sure it is a light golden brown before flipping. Flip pancake and cook other side until light golden brown. Use desired topping. A fruit puree is the healthier choice.

2. Chia Waffles

Ingredients:

2 egg whites

Just slightly over 1/4 cup Bisquick

1 1/4 tbsp. Greek vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp. Chia seeds

Instructions:

Beat egg whites. Mix in yogurt and Chia seeds. Fold in Bisquick.

Pour batter in preheated waffle iron and cook.

3. Simple Chia Avocado Dip

Ingredients:

1 large ripe avocado

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream

1/8 tsp hot sauce

1/4 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp sea-salt

1/2 tbsp. Chia seeds

Instructions:

Using a large kitchen knife, cut into avocado length wise, (the long way) and only cut avocado around the pit. Take each half of avocado in each hand and twist in opposite directions twisting one end off the pit. Take your knife and hit the pit once with it just enough so blade sticks in pit (don’t cut yourself). Now turn the knife to twist pit out. Use a large spoon to scoop avocado out of peel. Mash the avocado and mix in the rest of the ingredients thoroughly.

4.Chia Granola

Ingredients:

1 cup oats

1 tbsp. canola-oil

2 tbsp. honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 3/4 tbsp. Chia seeds

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients well and spread out on a cookie sheet. Bake in 325 degree oven for 15 minutes then stir. Cook for another 10 minutes or until crunchy. You can eat this as a snack or add to yogurt or even hot or cold cereal.

4.Chia Blueberry or Strawberry French-Toast

Ingredients:

4 egg whites

1 cup skim milk

1 tsp vanilla

Scant nutmeg

4 tbsp. brown sugar

1/2 cup + fresh blueberries or strawberries

1 tbsp. canola-oil

1 1/2 tbsp. Chia seeds

5. Baquette – French, whole-wheat or sourdough

Instructions:

Chop blueberries or strawberries. Beat egg whites and then add milk, vanilla, nutmeg, Chia seeds and 2 tbsp. brown sugar. Cut bread into pieces a little over 1 inch thick and arrange in baking pan. Pour mixture over bread and place in fridge overnight.

Remove from fridge and scatter fruit over bread evenly. Mix oil and other 2 tbsp. brown sugar and spoon over each piece of bread. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with your favorite topping.

6. Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (melted)

1/2 cup Chia gel

1/2 cup oil

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tbsp. vanilla

4 egg whites

4 cups minus 2 tbsp. flour

1/2 tbsp. baking soda

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.

Use a tablespoon to scoop chunks of mixture to make them about the same size.

Space evenly, about a couple inches apart to allow room for them to spread as they cook.

Bake approx. 8-10 minutes.

These are just a few of my favorite recipes for chia seeds but all you really need is any one recipe to enjoy the benefits of Chia seeds as the possibilities are endless.

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