Chia Seeds

If you haven’t tried chia seeds yet, please do!  They have many nutritious benefits and are easy to incorporate into your diet.

Chia SeedsSalvia hispanica, commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala.  Remember the chia pets in the 80s?

Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and antioxidants.  One ounce (about 2 tablespoons – which is about what I try to consume daily) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.  And these days, they’re going mainstream.  You can find them at Trader Joe’s, Costco and most grocery stores.

Typically, I mix chia seeds into my smoothies.  That way, you don’t really notice them.  It’s easier for our bodies to digest chia seeds vs. flax seeds.  We sprinkle chia seeds on cereal and oatmeal or just as a snack.   They have a mild nutty taste.

Chia seeds can also be used as an egg substitute.  We’ve been inching closer to vegan/plant-based eating and chia seeds have been great for those baking recipes that call for an egg or two.  Here’s the best chia egg substitute recipe for baking that I’ve found.  This is the equivalent of 1 egg:

1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds  and 3 Tablespoons Water

Combing and let sit until the chia seeds look more like a gel substance (about 10 minutes) and use as you would an egg.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes… oh and if you have any favorite recipes with chia seeds, do share…

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