I have heard a lot about chia seeds in the past few months and it was with great excitement (and a bit of nervousness) that I finally bought a packet of chia seeds for my local supermarket.
Chia contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, calcium, potassium, iron, fibre, minerals and nutrients, and is gluten and dairy-free.
I have heard that chia is good for a number of things including:
- reducing inflammation
- lowering cholesterol
- aiding in weight loss
- protecting the body from free radicals and cancer
- improving brain performance
- boosting strength and endurance
- reducing stress and
- aiding with digestive health
Just google “chia seeds” and you will see for yourself that it is being touted as nature’s wonder food with a wide range of uses and benefits.
I decided to try the white seeds and started off with the simple chia gel, which can be made by mixing 1 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds.
After stirring rapidly for about 2-3 minutes (you can use a hand whisk or shake the mixture in a bottle instead), the mix was ready.
This is what it looked like:
The chia gel can be eaten on its own, used in smoothies and drinks, mixed into juices, salad dressings, porridge or soups.
You can also use chia gel as a substitute for eggs!
You could also use the chia seeds on their own, and sprinkle them over salads, pastas, in cereals and stir-fries or add them to cakes, and desserts.
It is a simple and easy way to fill yourself up and add some nutrition to your meals.
I’m hoping to use a lot more chia in my cooking and would love to hear what your favourite chia recipes are?