Over the last eight months, I have been enjoying a new kind of food in my every day diet: chia seeds.
A friend of mine from Drink Chia introduced the concept to me last December, and I have been teaming up with them ever since as a Mover and Shaker Friend of the brand.
Chia seeds have become a popular additive to yogurts, smoothies, cereals and baked goods for health enthusiasts everywhere. After seeing them pop up on blogs, in recipes and sprinkled on top of things I eat every day, I quickly stepped on board with the chia seed trend.
So we know chia is popular. What exactly is the rage? That’s simple: the health benefits.
Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3 content. Omega-3 is a fatty acid usually found in foods like plants, chia seeds and fish.
Health benefits of Omega-3 include improved heart, liver and mental health, as well as an improved nerve and immune system. Omega-3 is a great supplement for pregnant women and provide added benefits for hair, skin and nails.
I used to take a daily Omega-3 supplement, but for the past few months I have replaced my needs for the supplement with chia.
Antioxidant and Superfood
Beyond the Omega-3, chia provides fiber and is labeled under the superfood and antioxidant categories, similar to blueberries, acai, pumpkin and spinach. The terms basically describe foods high in a variety of nutritious values.
Read more about chia and omega-3 here.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Chia Seeds into your Diet
• Sprinkle on top of breakfast, snacks, and salads.
I often sprinkle them on any type of waffle, toast or bagel and also enjoy them mixed into cereal and oatmeal.
• Add to smoothies, baked goods and bars.
I am just beginning to experiment baking and cooking with chia seeds. I have a few recipes lined up, and you will find them listed as an ingredient in my favorite smoothies.
• Make homemade jams and puddings.
I see chia and fruit flavored jams featured on blogs a lot and want to start making some for myself. Chia seeds also create a good texture for overnight oats and puddings.
Pictured below is a new favorite in my refrigerator:
Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Although it might look questionable, it tastes delicious and supplies you with more than your daily Omega-3 needs.
Over the past few weeks I have been enjoying this easy chocolate tapioca pudding type of texture in a chia seed pudding. Enjoy on its own, spread it on top of waffles or use it on the side to dip toast and fruit in. I found this recipe off of SparkRecipes, and the cocoa flavor tastes great on a variety of foods.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
6 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 2 tbsp stevia, *to taste
*I used 1 the first time and 2 the second, and both tasted great.
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a lid. Whisk, cover and refrigerate.
2. Open and whisk again every 5-10 minutes.
3. After 30 minutes the mixture should be ready and resemble tapioca pudding. The longer it sits, the softer it will get.
Where to Buy Chia Seeds
I keep a bag of seeds on hand in my pantry, and you can find them at a local health food market like Whole Foods.
The large bags run a bit on the expensive side, so I also browse on Amazon.com for better deals.
Did you see that last one? White chia seeds! They aren’t more expensive… that is a two pack the sell in and I’m officially intrigued.
If you haven’t tried adding a sprinkle or two of chia to your food before, I encourage you to do so. After a few trials, I completely looked past them and forgot I put them there in the first place.
Questions of the Day
Have you tried chia seeds before? What are your favorite ways to use them?