If you’ve cruised through Pinterest lately, it’s likely you’ve been bombarded by images of cute mason jars carrying a yogurt parfait with tiny little gray tapioca-like balls floating inside. No, it’s not a new kind of boba. Those are chia seeds, and they are a real super food. We know what you’re thinking: “Every week there’s a new superfood that I’m supposed to eat, and it seems like the very next week I’m supposed to stop eating it.” While chia seeds cannot be relied upon to help you lose weight or cure the common cold, they are filled with nutrients that humans have benefitted from for thousands of years. Chia seeds contain large amounts of antioxidants, fiber, protein, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Calcium. They are a low-calorie, high impact food that has very little flavor – so you can easily incorporate them into your diet without having to develop new taste buds.
Here are some simple and tasty ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet.
Chia seeds expand when soaked in milk or water overnight. The result is a gelatinous texture that has the same mouth-feel as tapioca pudding. Add a sweetener like honey and fill with fresh berries – you’ve got a healthy snack that tastes absolutely decadent.
Add some crunch.
Sprinkle chia seeds on top of your salad, yogurt or oatmeal for some extra crunchy texture.
Add chia seeds to baked goods.
Because chia seeds do not have a discernable flavor, they are great to incorporate into your favorite baked goods like muffins, bread and pancakes. The seeds will add a hearty texture without overwhelming the flavor.
Replace flax seeds.
Love making granola? Nix the flax seeds for chia seeds!
Turn them into a spread.
Mix ¼ cup chia seeds with a few table spoons of maple syrup. Add a few cups on berries and cook over medium-low heat until it thickens. Spread liberally over biscuits or toast.
Love chia seeds? How do you incorporate them into your diet? Tell us in the comments!