Chia seeds are small, oval-shaped seeds that come from the Salvia hispanica plant, native to Central and South America. These seeds have been used for centuries by indigenous cultures for their nutritional value and energy-boosting properties. Today, chia seeds have become a staple in many health-conscious kitchens around the world.
Fruits and Nuts
Combine 3 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1 cup of your favorite milk (dairy or plant-based). Add a sweetener like honey or maple syrup and a dash of vanilla extract. Mix well and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight until it thickens into a pudding-like consistency. Top with fresh fruits, nuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to your favorite smoothie recipe. Let the seeds soak in the smoothie for a few minutes before blending. The chia seeds will thicken the smoothie and provide an extra boost of nutrients.
Stir in a tablespoon of chia seeds into your morning oatmeal for added texture and nutrition. They’ll absorb liquid and create a creamy consistency.
Chia in Baking:
Incorporate chia seeds into your homemade muffins, pancakes, or bread recipes for an extra nutritional punch. They can be used as an egg substitute by mixing 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water until it forms a gel-like consistency.