I originally found chia by doing some reading on my favorite blogs. Everyone was raving about how great they can be for your diet and in your everyday meals. So I decided to pick up a pack and give it a try. I picked up a bag and made a basic chia gel (more on that below) and started using them in everything I could think of. Well, it’s almost been 3 weeks and I can say I still love using them and I am always looking for new ways to add them into our diet!
If you are new to chia let me give you a little break down:
- It contains calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, and is full of healthy omega-3 fats.
- A one ounce serving of chia seeds has 11 grams of dietary fibre (11 whole grams!).
- Chia is PACKED with protein! A one 28-gram serving of these amazing seeds have a whopping 4.4 grams of protein.
- They stabilize blood sugar and assist in weigh loss when added into daily meals.
- Lastly they also help to regulate your appetite ,improve sleep and your mood.
I want to share with you some of the ideas and recipes I have gather from the web and give you the instructions to make your own chia gel. It is super easy and will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, although I burned through my jar way faster then that. Check out the recipe and list below:
DIY Chia Gel
-1/3 Cup Of Chia Seeds (Dry)
-2 Cups Of Water
Mix Chia seeds into to water and seal the jar. Then give it a really good shake to make sure it’s mixed well.
Before using, let it sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
Store sealed jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. You will notice the gel forming the longer it is in the fridge.
Bonus: Not only can you soak chia in any liquid to create a gel, you can eat it straight from the jar!
Note: Adults may consume two tablespoons or 15 grams of chia seeds per day.
10 Ideas For Using Chia Seeds:
- Overnight Oatmeal: This was one of the first recipes I tried with chia and I loved it! The Yummy Life is a great resource for the original oatmeal recipe and they even have various flavor ideas! Check that out here: http://goo.gl/KPSjn
- Make Ahead Smoothies: For a quick, healthy breakfast these make ahead smoothies are perfect! The Yummy Life strikes again with more amazing recipes and the base recipe for the shake. Check that out here: http://goo.gl/a4rf8
- Salad Topping: One idea I really love is using chia as a salad garnish. You will want to use dry chia seeds and sprinkle them on your favorite salad for an extra boost!
- Baking Substitute: If you can’t use eggs in a recipe, use soaked chia! Simply, soak 1 leveled tablespoon of chia into a quarter cup of water.
- Soup Help: If your soup needs a little thickening, add some chia!
- Quick Snack: Eat dry chia seeds as an on the go snack or you can add them to your favorite trail mix! Just remember to check you teeth for seeds!
- Meat Booster: To give your meat a little boost, mix chia with your favorite bbq sauce and brush lightly over meat.
- Dessert: If you want to keep your favorite ice cream dessert a little healthier, add fruit (pureed or whole) and some chia seeds!
- Toast Topping: Chia makes a great topping for toast. Mix it in with your favorite spread or peanut butter and spread it on.
- Bottoms Up: Make a fun drink by adding chia to your favorite juice or flavored water!
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