Chia seeds have been around for some time in the minds of people as they are high in fiber and other nutrients and have been claimed to reduce weight. But these seeds are not a new discovery. There are enough proofs available that say that Chia seeds were used in the Aztec and Mayan civilizations also. Chia seeds are hydrophilic in nature and as soon as they are introduced to water they swell up to an increased volume. They have got many health benefits including cardiovascular health and diabetic health. Since this is new to most people, therefore we are here to share information on how to eat Chia seeds and also, 10 recipes using Chia seeds.
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For raw eaters
If you have a habit of eating raw foods for example raw egg then, eating raw chia seeds won’t be hard for you. But make sure that you don’t drink water immediately after you swallow one mouthful of seeds. The reason for this is that chia seeds won’t have time to reach the stomach and then soak in all the water and increase in volume and you won’t have a good time doing that.
Instead, what you can do is soak the seeds in water before you eat them. Some raw food eaters believe that it creates a gelatinous coating after the seeds are soaked in water and then they can be moved smoothly through the digestive track.
Not everyone loves to eat raw items directly! For non-raw eaters we have got some amazing recipes using chia seeds described below:
Banana Slices with Chia Seeds Dip
Sweet yogurt would be the best option for this dessert as most of us like sweet things. Add some seeds to your yogurt and slice out some bananas. Dip the banana slices into yogurt with chia seeds and your delicious healthy dessert is ready. You can have this simple yet tempting dish in your lunch time!
Chia with Rice Pudding
If you are wondering how to eat chia seeds, try rice pudding. Rice pudding is a dish made from rice mixed with milk and other ingredients like cinnamon and raisins. Mostly it is a sweet dish that is eaten directly or with leavened bread. In order to make it healthier and crunchy, you can add some chia seeds that are heated over a pan to enhance its taste.
Fresh Coconut Chia Drink
Crush down some chia seeds and blend it with coconut water and if you like you can mix some pineapple juice with it. Solid seeds can be added later and then again some blending task can be done. You can add some sweetening agent to make it sweeter if you like. Now, this is a healthy and tasty drink that is loaded with what your body requires in bulk.
Chia Seeds with Ice-cream
Have you tried adding seeds into delicious ice-creams? If not, try it now as doing so makes your ice-cream crunchier and tastier. Instead of adding Choco-chips you can add a good amount of chia seeds into your vanilla ice-cream. You will not only relish the crunchy taste but will also get to enjoy the health benefits of chia seeds.
Chia Seeds Smoothie
Now, this is going to be interesting. Chia seeds in your smoothie – can you imagine that? Well, of course, you can if you are really aware of the benefits chia seeds can provide you with. While preparing your smoothie whether it is a banana smoothie, pineapple smoothie or any flavor, just blend one tablespoon of chia seeds with it. You can add some peppermint into your smoothie if you are a mint lover.
Raspberry and Chia Seeds Tasty Spread
Healthy spreads made at home have two benefits. First, they contain healthy ingredients and secondly, the taste can be balanced as per the requirement. Next time, when you want to make a spread at home, just try this tasty spread made out of Chia seeds and raspberries. We bet, your kids will also love this recipe. Moreover, this recipe takes hardly twenty-five minutes in preparation.
So here is the recipe. Take some chia seeds and soak them in water until they turn soft and attain an increased volume. Put these swollen seeds and washed raspberries into a blender and grind until smooth. Your red colored delicious spread is ready. Store it in transparent jars and enjoy its yummy flavor during breakfast!
Butter Chia Seeds Sandwich
Butter spread over the slices of bread is a common breakfast food for most people. Let’s innovate the way we eat in a simple way- You can make the powder out of the chia seeds and sprinkle some powder over the butter part of your sandwich and also some solid seeds. This sandwich for your morning breakfast can start off your day in a good way. Chia seeds increase the metabolism too.
Super Chia Bowl
Well, this is going to be raw yet multi-flavored for you all. In a bowl add some chia seeds, some oats, blueberries, flax seeds, some fruit slices you love, grapes, some almonds and some cashew nuts. Now, we think we don’t need to describe the health benefits of all these delicious items. As you know all the above-mentioned items are a pack of multiple essential nutrients that our body requires. If you like you can add more of chia seeds than other ingredients or vice versa.
Ice tea, black tea, lemon tea, milk tea- what do you prefer? The next time you have tea in your tea time you can add chia seeds to your drink. It will create a totally new feel with loads of health benefits.
Chia as an egg substitute
If you are a vegetarian then it’s time to have some eggs! Not the real egg but something prepared from chia seeds. All you need to do is grind some chia seeds and mix them with water. Wait until a texture of raw egg yolk appears. You can use this in your morning smoothies or bake them for a new dish you like, an omelet or something else.
Chia seeds have been popular for some time and now when you know how to eat chia seeds, you too should try any of the above recipes! These seeds are easy to eat and can be used in various recipes with your own creativity too.
Chia seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids which are very good for cardiovascular health. Fishes too contain omega 3 fatty acids and they are considered the best source of the omega 3 fatty acids and are also best for the heart. Chia seeds, on the other hand, are on focus currently and soon we hope that we find tons of benefits hidden in it!