Ingredient spotlight: chia seeds

Chia seeds

Chia seeds are great little seeds and quite versatile all-rounders. I wasn’t sold at first, because I thought they were just another fad item, but I have since fully come around. Chia puddings are delicious and easy breakfasts or portable snacks. And for vegans, using them as egg replacement is a great and healthy option. 

It is important to note that you shouldn’t eat more than 15 grams a day. And please don’t eat them plain either, sind they soak up a lot of water and swell up. So either soak them first or eat them with sufficient liquids. 

Fun fact: chia seeds can absorb up to twelve times their weight in water, which is how you get the kind of jelly-like chia pudding texture. 

Nutrition

Chia seeds have a high amount of omega-3s. They also provide antioxidants and a decent amount of protein (almost 20% protein by weight). They are also a good source of calcium and iron. 

Uses/Recipes

I am both a fan of chia pudding as well as throwing a little chia seeds in loads of different things I am baking. Adding a tablespoon or three to overnight oats is a great option to add a little something extra to one of the easiest and most convenient breakfasts there is. 

You can put chia seeds on your morning granola or top off your smoothie. Add them to a yogurt breakfast bowl or a savory snack. 

Try it out for yourself and see what happens! I think you will do great, and learn something new while you do it! I believe in you! Feel free to ask any questions by leaving a comment below or sending us an email. You can also send us a message on instagram or leave a comment there if you are unsure about anything. We are here to help and happy to do it! I really and truly believe that everyone should be eating delicious recipes only, and chia seeds really are a great (and healthy!) addition to so many great foods!

Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chia_seed
  2. https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/why-are-chia-seeds-good-for-me
  3. https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/truth-about-chia#1
  4. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/291334
  5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/chia-seeds
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds

General caveats that I feel compelled to add: 

I am *NOT* a nutritionist. I am just someone who is deeply interested in and profoundly committed to eating delicious food only. In seeking to reach this goal, I am often trying out random new ingredients that I come across. These ingredients are ones I may not know anything about, and so I am simply sharing my notes with you. I will be updating these as I go along and learn more. I will also link to more recipes that use these ingredients, so that you can try them yourself. If you have any allergies or intolerances, please consult with an actual doctor who can guarantee you accurate information.

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