Chia seeds have become the ultimate “it” food. Versatile and healthy, these days chia seeds can be found in cereals, cookies and smoothies, providing an extra boost of nutrition for the adventurous eater.
What’s so special about them?
These tiny seeds have an amazing nutritional profile with a boatload of calcium, iron, fiber, proteins, healthy fats and antioxidants to dramatically increase the nutrient content of any recipe.
Chia were a staple in the Aztecs and Mayans’s diets who used them as energy food. Let’s learn from our ancestors! Instead of downing Gatorade during a strenuous run, make a chia gel for a sustainable endurance.
Neutral in taste, it’s easy to incorporate chia into your diet but think beyond smoothes! Use in baked goods, jams (great thickener!), sprinkle on salads, oatmeal or yogurt, use as breadcrumbs.
Chia seeds are great for digestive health since they contains a high content of soluble and insoluble fiber, promoting bowel regularity. Chia create a gel like substance in the stomach, helping curb appetite and sugar cravings, while giving you a nice energy boost (great weight loss food!).
You can make an egg replacement out of 1 tablespoon of chia mixed with 3 tablespoons of water (let sit for a few minutes)
My favorite use of chia seeds is to make a delicious pudding out it. You can make the below recipe in 5 minutes (however, you need to refrigerate it for at least 3 hours or overnight to let it gel) to make a perfect snack, dessert or breakfast. Topped with berries and cacao nibs it’s simply irresistible.
- 1 can (approx 13.5 fl oz) coconut milk organic and full fat
- 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked overnight or for at least an hour
- 3/4 cup fresh rasberries plus a few more for garnish
- 3 dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp orange zest freshly grated
- 4 tbs chia seeds
- Cacao nibs for garnish
In a powerful blender, blend coconut milk with cashews, raspberries, dates, vanilla and zest until every ingredient is liquified. Stir in chia seeds (do not blend) and pour into 4 small glasses. Garnish with berries and cacao nibs. Refrigerate overnight.