One of the most popular superfoods in the health community as of late is chia seeds. These nutrient dense seeds have been shown to offer many benefits: from stopping free radical activity by up to 70% to preventing metabolic disorders like dyslipidemia. The proper way to eat chia seeds is to soak them in water first, so that they become a gelatinous substance. While they are easy to prepare and extremely healthy, chia seeds can be rather boring for your palate, as they are relatively flavorless. This can be a both a good thing and a bad thing. On one hand, it's no fun to eat chia seeds by themselves; however, on the other, it's easy to incorporate chia seeds into other foods. Here are 3 ways that are worth a try.
Spread Chia Seed Jam on Toast
Chia seeds go surprisingly well with jam, which can be spread on toast or even scones and any biscuits you might be having for breakfast. The gelatinous nature of the chia seeds complement the jam, and the seeds themselves give the jam a little bit extra texture. It's similar to strawberry seeds in strawberry jam. To make chia seed jam, soak the chia seeds in water until they have a gelatinous texture. Next, you'll want to heat some berries of your choice in a saucepan with honey until the berries becomes soft. Lightly crush the berries and stir in the chia seeds.
Alternatively, you can also get away by simply mixing in chia seeds with any type of jam you have sitting around in your kitchen. You'll want to soak the chia seeds before mixing them in the jam.
Make a Healthy and Refreshing Chia Seed Pudding
If you're low on time but would love to incorporate chia seeds in your breakfast, consider making chia seed pudding. Once the chia seeds are soaked, they have a gelatinous texture that is similar to pudding. If you have time to chill the pudding in the refrigerator overnight, it'll taste even more refreshing and delicious.
To make chia seed pudding, simply soak 3 tablespoon of chia seeds in one cup of milk. You can use any type of milk you want. For example, some people love to use almond milk, as one cup contains only 60 calories and is packed with essential vitamins and nutrients needed by the body, while others may use coconut milk if they want something more creamy and rich. Top the pudding off with fruits and granola for added texture and flavors. You can customize the pudding however you like.
Mix the Chia Seeds in With Your Oatmeal
Another quick and easy way of incorporating chia seeds into your breakfast is to simply add them in with your oatmeal while you are cooking the oatmeal. The chia seeds will soak up the milk or water that is being used to cook the oatmeal, so you'll likely have to add more when cooking. As oatmeal tends to be rather mushy, the chia seeds will give each bite a little extra crunch. The chia seeds will also thicken the oatmeal.
When cooking chia seeds with oatmeal, you want to be careful not to add too many chia seeds in at a time. Like oatmeal, chia seeds will expand considerably when they have absorbed the surrounding liquid.
Chia seeds are amazing and can do wonders for your health. You should work towards incorporating 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds into your diet twice a day. The best meal to start is breakfast – especially since chia seeds can be incorporated into breakfasts so easily. If you're ready to start using chia seeds, you can look for local suppliers or check online from sites like www.sincerelynuts.com.