I love seeds almost as much as I adore nuts. In fact, I don’t think there is a seed I’ve met that I don’t like. There is a new* seed on the block that has all its neighbors envious of its paparazzi team. She goes by the chic name of Chia; and boy, is she popular these days!
While Chia doesn’t have the flavor of say a pumpkin or sunflower seed, its nutritional profile blows any seed (and many other whole foods) out of the water.
“Chia seeds have recently gained attention as an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid. They are also an excellent source of fiber at 10 grams per ounce (about 2 tablespoons), and contain protein and minerals including as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.” (source)
*Actually, chia was first used by the Aztecs as early as 3500 B.C. (source).
I eat chia seeds most days of the week, often more than once in a day. Because they are not strong in flavor, I can sneak them into many of my meals and snacks.
What To Do with Chia Seeds
- Sprinkle on top of toast (or toaster waffle) with nut butter, banana and honey
- Sprinkle on top of Greek yogurt with fresh fruit
- Add a tablespoon to a smoothie >> Coconut Mango Spinach Smoothie
- Add to a batch of Almond Apricot Energy Bites
Additional Edible Ideas
- Mix into pancake batter >> Quick Cinnamon Quinoa Pancakes
- Sneak into Almond Cherry Coconut Breakfast Cookies
- Stir into oatmeal or hot cereal
- Use as an egg substitute
I’ll save my infatuation with hemp seeds for another time…
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What are your favorite ways to consume chia seeds?