I love these little chia seeds. I know, that sounds pretty weird. But when you add them to overnight oats or to smoothies, they take on this kind of chewy consistency.
Anyway, ever since I posted about quinoa awhile back, I’ve been wanting to do a post about these awesome little seeds. If you haven’t tried them, you should.
Facts and Nutritional Benefits of Chia Seeds
- High in soluble fiber
- High in Omega-3 fatty acids (ounce per ounce, more than salmon!)
- Great source of protein
- More antioxidants than blueberries and more calcium than milk
- Chia seeds contain more of the healthy ingredients than flax seeds
- Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds don’t need to be ground (Yay!)
Adding Chia Seeds To Your Diet
- Since chia seeds are virtually tasteless, they can be used in a variety of recipes, without affecting the flavor.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons to smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. for a nutritional boost.
- Use chia seeds as a thickening agent: combine 1 tablespoon chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The mixture will gel up and can be used to thicken smoothies, meatballs, burgers, etc. This can also be used as an egg substitute!
How To Store Chia Seeds
- Store chia seeds (whole or ground) in an air-tight container, in a cool, dark place. These should last a few months, without going rancid.
- Chia “gel” should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and should last about two weeks.
How do you enjoy your chia seeds??