Chia seeds are slightly nutty-tasting little seeds that can be consumed raw, soaked to form a pudding, or used as a crunchy topping on salads or cereal. They are packed with the healthy omega-3 fatty acids that fight inflammation and may support brain, heart, and joint health. They are rich in fiber, which promotes good digestive health and keeps you feeling full longer. There are many delicious ways to add these tasty seeds to your daily menu.
12. Add to Smoothies
Chia seeds can be added to your favorite smoothie recipes either raw or soaked. Chia seeds can absorb more than nine times their weight in water. Therefore, soaking them before consuming them delivers hydration to your body as well as fiber and nutrients. This means you won’t become dehydrated as quickly. Furthermore, soaking chia seeds releases the enzyme inhibitors that prevent the absorption of chia seed nutrients in your body. To soak chia seeds, mix about two tablespoons of chia seeds for every cup of water in a mason jar and store in your refrigerator overnight.
11. Enjoyed as Chia Pudding
To make delicious chia puddings, Chocolate Covered Katie offers a simple base recipe that can be tweaked to make five different flavor options. The basic recipe requires your favorite milk, chia seeds, pure vanilla extract, sweetener, and salt. The addition of berries, chocolate chips, peanut butter, cocoa powder, or coconut can make this healthy dish taste like a decadent dessert. Katie also suggests that those who don’t like the texture of chia pudding made from whole seeds run the ingredients through a blender before refrigerating overnight. This will result in a smoother pudding.