Many of you may already know what chia seeds are and know that they’re touted as a super-food, but do you know how to use these seeds for various recipes and remedies?
Chia seeds were used as a natural energy boost in the Mayan era and are still to this day being utilized for the same purpose (and then some). They are a marvelous source of omega 3’s, iron, calcium, and fiber. Meaning that by using chia seeds in your recipes and remedies, you will be promoting glowing skin and a strong digestion.
The Benefits of Chia Seeds
- Helps prevent dehydration since they can absorb liquids. You can mix chia seeds with water in between alcoholic beverages so that you can fill up and hydrate while you are imbibing.
- Can be a great addition to your weight loss regimen: Although using chia seeds in your diet won’t cause weight-loss by itself, using it in recipes as a healthy alternate (like our pudding recipe) can help keep you full longer due to its amount of fiber. Foods that are high in fiber have been known to keep us feeling full for hours, preventing us from over eating.
- Antioxidants and proteins: If you read Balanced Babe frequently, you know that we are always talking about foods high in antioxidants (an oxidative stress fighting property). Now you can add this super food on the list. Not only does it contain antioxidants, it also contains proteins and amino acids which is why many use it as a pre-workout ingredient.
- Omega 3’s: There have been conflicting sources praising or discounting the type of Omega 3’s in these seeds and how it metabolizes in your body. Some sources say that the type of Omega 3’s that are found in omega 3 are not as beneficial for ourselves as animal sources are such as salmon. Either way, the other benefits of chia seeds such as its fiber content and protein should alone make this an impressive seed.
How To Use Chia Seeds:
- Boost nutritional value to your oatmeal, cereals, and salads. Sprinkle these seeds on top of these types of meals to up the intake of fiber or protein in each bite.
- As an egg substitute: If you run out of flax seed, you can still make a vegan substitute for baking recipes by using 1 tbsp of ground chia seeds with 3 tbsp of water.
- As a face scrub: Add 1 tsp to your liquid face wash to give it an exfoliating edge without harmful beads.
- As a healthy thickener: You can also use your “chia egg” mix to add to soups to give them a thicker substance with an extra energy boost.
- Lastly- as a healthy pudding. Craving sweets? Make our pumpkin chia seed pudding to satisfy your sweet tooth without the harmful effects of a typical sugary dessert.
Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
Chia Seed Pudding
- 1/2 can of pumpkin
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 cups hemp milk
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together with a spoon until well blended.
- Pour into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for 4-5 hours.
With that said, how do you use chia seeds in your recipes? Share with us in the comments!