9 amazing uses for the ancient Inca superfood chia
A lot of people love the nutritional profile of chia seeds -- the legendary Inca superfood -- but they don't necessarily know all the amazing different ways to use chia in their own diets and recipes.
I use chia seeds every day in smoothies and other recipes, and I've found chia to be one of the most versatile superfoods ever cultivated.
Here are 9 creative ways to use chia in your own diet, and when you're ready to try some of these, remember you can find the best organic chia seeds at the Natural News Store.
Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe
9 ways to use chia while improving your nutrition
Chia seeds are easily blended into any smoothie. Just toss a scoop of them into your existing smoothie recipe and let ’em blend with the other ingredients!
Okay, I don't really eat yogurt or ice cream, but if I did, I would sprinkle chia seeds and hemp seeds on top. This boosts the omega-3 content of your treat and adds variety and texture to your meal.
#1) Blend into any smoothie
#2) Sprinkle onto yogurt or ice cream
Because chia seeds have a "neutral" taste, they go well with fruit smoothies, chocolate smoothies and even dessert blends.
#3) Add to any bread or baking recipe
If you've ever made flax crackers, you know how this works. But adding chia seeds to the recipe can improve the flavor and texture while adding more nutrients to the mix. Get yourself a food dehydrator and make some chia-flax crackers!
#4) Make healthy chia-flax crackers using a food dehydrator
Chia seeds are easily added to any homemade bread or baking recipe, including gluten-free mixes. The addition of chia increases the nutritional density of any recipe while also reducing the glycemic index due to the gelatinous outer coating naturally found on all chia seeds.
#6) Use with a Blender Bottle and superfood powder to make an amazing portable superfood
If you make any of your own granola or trail mix recipes, chia seeds are the perfect ingredient because they contain significant quantities of omega-3 oils. That makes them very valuable and unique in any recipe.
Plus, they're fun to crunch!
#5) Add to homemade granola or trail mix recipes
I love using Blender Bottles with powders when I travel. Simply
pre-load a Blender Bottle with your favorite superfood powders
and add some chia seeds. Wherever you are, you can simply add
water and shake to make an instant superfood meal. The chia seeds
provides a "long burn time" energy source that helps you go longer
If you have a sprouting tray or system, you can also sprout chia seeds at home and eat the sprouts! I eat sprouts every day (actually I blend them into smoothies), and while chia sprouts are a little unusual, they're also very delicious.
#7) Sprout the chia in your home sprouter
#8) Add to any tea to make a "chia texture" tea drink
Here's a use very people have tried yet: Add a scoop of chia seeds to any tea beverage, then allow it to sit while the chia seeds absorb water. Within a few hours, the entire glass will become a "chia slurry" with seeds that resemble tapioca. You can drink this mixture as a delicious, low-glycemic beverage. In China and Taiwan, a similar recipe is used to make "Milk Pearl Tea."
#9) Make a cold chia cereal using buckwheat, chia, oats and freeze-dried fruits
Chia also allows you to make your own superfood cereal by combining sprouted buckwheat groats, chia seeds, rolled oats (or other similar grain) and freeze-dried fruits. To make it sweeter, add some organic coconut sugar.
BENEFITS OF CHIA
2 × potassium of bananas
3 × antioxidant strength of blueberries
Supports normal bowel function*
5 × calcium of milk
2 × protein of any other seed or grain
3 × iron than spinach
Enjoy your chia seeds; they are an excellent way to boost your nutrition and support the healthy functions of your digestive system, but only if you make sure you get them from a CLEAN, organic and low metals-verified source. I test the chia seeds to make sure they meet my stringent cleanliness criteria and I guarantee you won’t find cleaner ones anywhere.
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