Cha – Cha – Chia!
By Laura Kelly-Pifer
Cha – Cha – Chia!
Yep, I did it. I know have that song stuck in my head. It’s the theme song for the popular novelty product, the Chia Pet. And, the Chia Pet actually has something in common with today’s article. It comes from the same plant.
Chia has become a popular and trendy healthy food. These seeds are nutritious and very versatile and becoming even more popular than flax seeds. They have even been considered a superfood because they are a complete protein and a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. All good reasons to enjoy!
Let me share some ways that you can incorporate chia into your meals.
This simple recipe you can use for all the items mentioned below: Soak 3 tablespoons of chia seeds to about 1 cup of water; spread on cookie sheet and then thin to desired consistency. Cover and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Smoothies: Add your chia gel (from the recipe above) to the blender or throw in a tablespoon of whole seeds in instead. Either method will make your smoothie even yummier!
Soups, Sauces, and Dressings: Add chia seeds or chia gel to help thicken any soup or stew, sauce, or salad dressing and give it a nutritional boost.
Baked Goods: Replace some of the fats in baked goods with chia gel. Depending on the baked good recipe, you might have to experiment to get the right amount but this can totally be done.
Meatballs and Burgers: Add to lean meatballs and burgers. You’ll want to spin your seeds in a spice grinder or mini food processor before adding them to your meat mixture.
Yogurt Desserts: Blend your yogurt and seeds together or sprinkle on top. Either way is perfectly fine.
Now that you have a better understanding of how you can use Chia seeds, I want to share a quick and easy recipe that one of our community members sent to me. Thank you, Natalie for sending this to me. It’s delicious!!
Chia Seed Jam
1 cup pureed fruit of any kind
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 or 3 drops liquid Stevia
Add all ingredients together and place into a jam jar.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to set.
Because there are no preservatives it doesn’t keep long so small batch is best.
How do you enjoy your chia? Comment back and let us know.
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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!