By now, you have probably heard of chia seeds and their superfood status. But have you tried them? If you haven’t, you really should. Those little seeds are nutrition powerhouses, high in Omega-3’s, fiber and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). In fact, the word “chia” comes from the Mayan word for “strength,” since their warriors ate it to stay battle-ready.
Here are 10 cool ways to use chia seeds:
As an egg replacer. Just mix 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water for each egg in your baking recipes. Chia seeds can also be used to replace the oil in many recipes.
Sprinkled in. Add chia seeds to whatever you’re eating. We especially like them in smoothies, soups, oatmeal, cereal, and yogurt.
As a raw snack. That’s right – just pop them right in your mouth, with a little water, for a high-energy snack.
In chia pudding. When added to dairy, non-dairy milk, or water and left for a while (about 20 minutes on your countertop or in the fridge overnight), chia seeds provide a tapioca-like consistency. If you prefer a smoother texture, try creating a chia-seed powder first by processing them in a blender, food processor, or coffee bean grinder. Here is a chocolate chia seed pudding recipe you can try.
To make grain-free crackers. When combined with other seeds like flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower, chia seeds can help create gluten-free, egg-free crackers. Most recipes require a food dehydrator. Here is a simple chia and sesame seed cracker recipe to try.
In breakfast foods. Add some chia to your oatmeal, pancakes, cereal, smoothies or yogurt.
Instead of breadcrumbs. Chia seeds can be used in place of breadcrumbs in meatballs, meatloaf, and even as a breading for chicken breasts.
As a thickening agent. Try including ground chia seeds in soups and gravies as a thickening agent with added benefits.
To make chia sprouts. Chia sprouts make a great addition to salads. There are many ways to sprout chia seeds, so browse online for the method that looks the most doable to you.
To make your own “chia pet.” OK, there are no health benefits for this one, but it might give you a good laugh. Grab a pair of old pantyhose and check out this chia pet tutorial.
Do you have a favorite chia recipe? We’d love to hear about it. Leave us a message in the comment area below.