Let’s just get this out of the way. Are chia seeds the things we used as kids to grow plant hair on animal pottery? Yes. But I bet you didn’t know they are FULL of anti-inflammatory omega-3’s, fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, and so much more.
Another fantastic benefit of these little superfoods is that aside from offering omegas, when chia seeds are soaked in water (or any liquid), they bulk up. So when you eat them, they make you feel full. Not only does this help you from overeating, these little seeds will help your digestion.
OK, so now what?
You want to add Chia Seeds into your daily routine but don’t know how to eat or prepare them. You can buy them in the store already prepared – but at $4 per drink we prefer making them at home! We are going to focus mainly on adding them into a drink, but will also share some other fun uses for this healthy snack.
Chia Seed Drink
Chia seed drinks are the perfect drink or snack because they have natural sugars, fat and protein, so will hold you over for hours.
- 1 cup of your favorite juice (or tea, or coconut water, etc.)
- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds ( I personally use the BetterBody Foods Organic Chia Seeds with Antioxidants Calcium and Fiber, 2 Pound)
- Take your cup of juice and pour it into a glass or mason jar and add your 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Stir well: the chia seeds will begin to swell slowly. Cover and place container in the refrigerator. Let it sit overnight. (I make multiple containers of this at a time so I have a few ready in the fridge anytime I want a drink).
- Next Day, remove your container from the fridge. Your chia seeds will be much larger and very gelatinous. The consistency will be more gel like than water like.
- Stir/mix the drink to ensure the seeds are dispersed evenly.
I like to use mason jars for this as they are easy to cover and store in the refrigerator. Be sure to keep unused chia mixture refrigerated until you are ready to drink it.
Other uses for chia seeds
- You can add the gelatinous chia mixture to your favorite jam or jelly to make your sandwiches more filling and healthier! (You can make the seeds with water rather than juice for this if you prefer).
- “Chia Pudding”. Chia seeds and coconut milk work well for a Paleo-friendly pudding that works great for breakfast but feels like an indulgence. Add other blended fruit as your taste desires. Mix together the ingredients the night before, pop it in the fridge, and look forward to it tomorrow. It’s that easy. (1.5 cups coconut milk, 0.5 cup chia seeds, 16 blended strawberries, 1/4 cup honey).
- Chia seeds and poppy seeds are similar, so you can replace poppy seeds in your favorite salad dressing.
- Chia seeds are easy to toss into a classic baking recipe (muffins, cookies, etc.).
- Add chia seeds to your oatmeal for a nutritionally dense and satisfying breakfast. Just be sure to add extra water to your oatmeal since the chia seeds will soak up a bunch of it while boiling.
- Really, you can throw them into anything! Get creative!