Chia seeds can be a fun addition to just about any recipe, and they are packed full of nutrients like protein, omega 3's, fibre and minerals, which when added to your favourite foods, up the nutrient content. For a few fun ways to eat chia seeds, try these delicious recipes!
The next time you're having a bad day, curl up with this creamy, indulgent pudding recipe, for a quick, no-guilt treat at the end of the day. Simply place 3 tablespoons of chia seeds in a mason jar. Pour 12 ounces of almond milk into the jar. Place the lid on the jar, and shake it until the seeds are thoroughly coated. Allow the seeds to soak for about 15 minutes or until they resemble the texture of tapioca. Stir in 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar. Top with your favourite fruit, and enjoy!
The pearl texture of soaked chia seeds blends beautifully with chocolate mousse. Try this recipe at your next gathering for a delicious, healthy treat! Prepare your favourite chocolate mousse recipe. Pour the contents into a blender, then add 1/4 cup of chia seeds. Allow the seeds to expand 10 times their size. Puree the mixture until it is smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into serving cups. Refrigerate the mixture for 4 hours. Top with cherries, then serve.
For a sweet, healthy summer treat, and a great way to trick your kids into getting their nutrients, make your own chia pops. Place 3 tablespoons of chia seeds into a mason jar. Add 12 ounces of coconut milk. Place the lid on the jar, then shake it until the seeds are fully covered. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar and a 3/4 cup of banana chunks. Mix well. Allow the mixture to sit for 2 hours. Pour the mixture into ice molds and freeze overnight. Enjoy!
Reward yourself after a hard workout with a nutrient rich, post workout smoothie. Add 12 ounces of almond milk to a blender. Add 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 scoop vanilla or plain flavoured protein powder and 1-2 tablespoons fresh pineapple chunks. Add ice. Blend until smooth.
Top your gluten-free toast with fresh avocado slices, then sprinkle the top with chia seeds and sea salt for a healthy morning treat.
For your next all-girl gathering, swap your usual meatball appetiser for chia meatballs, instead. The high fibre content helps you stay fuller longer, so you eat less, which will have your girlfriends thanking you for such a figure friendly snack. To make chia meatballs, simply omit the breadcrumbs in your usual meatball recipe for about 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
If you love to bake cakes, brownies, cookies and muffins or even waffles and pancakes etc., add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to the batter to increase both the nutrient and fibre content. Chia seeds do not have a taste, so they will not alter the taste of your baked goods. If you'd like, sprinkle some chia seeds on top for a nutty crunch.
For a healthier take on jam, try this chia seed jam recipe. Add 1 pound of frozen berries, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 3 tablespoons chia seeds and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a jar. Blend the ingredients thoroughly. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the jam. Spread on your favourite bread or pastry. Enjoy!