What are the benefits of Chia seeds?
I buy chia seeds in bulk and have this superfood about once or twice a week depending on what I’m eating and how much exercise I’m doing. They have the ability to hold up to 12 times their weight in water. This reaction is believed to form a barrier in the digestive system, which means the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar is slower, making them a slow release energy source. The perfect food enhancer for endurance training and also diabetics because of their leveling blood sugar capabilities. Chia seeds are gluten/grain free, packed with soluble fibre, high in antioxidants, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorous and researchers have found they contain lots of Omega-3. All these powers combined can lead to elevating your mood!
How can you use Chia seeds?
An egg substitute
I keep finding new uses in cooking with these little suckers and if you can’t eat eggs, live like a vegan or have just run out of eggs and are too lazy to go out and get some they are a great substitute. All you need to do is take one TSP of chia seeds and add to 3 TSP of water, mix and leave for 15-20mins. The Chia seeds will change from becoming hard to becoming gooey and have a eggy like consistency. Using them this way is really great in baking, but please note these are not a good replacement for omelettes or scrambled eggs (maybe they are depending on your taste?).
To Thicken Soups, Gravies or smoothies
If you don’t want to use cornstarch or thickening agents in soups/gravies, just add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds at a time to reach the desired thickness. I love adding chia seeds to my smoothies, as it gives it an extra kick and fills me up even more. I think it’s like drinking bubble tea without the artificial preservatives and refined sugar.
Sprouted for Salads
Put some chia seeds in water, drain the water off and leave in a jar for a couple days. Every 12 hours or so, rinse with water and pour the water off. In a day or two, you’ll have chia sprouts. There are so many benefits of sprouting seeds, it activates and makes them alive (another whole blog right there).
Forget Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (love that movie by the way), create your own chia seed sweet treat, the options are endless, down right naturally delicious and eating them won’t turn you into a blue round bloated Violet Beauregarde! One of my favourite dessert’s is so simple to make, satisfying and you can make it look like you’ve spent ages in the kitchen (think this might be a bit of a running theme with me and cooking).