Chia seeds were never a hot topic among teens and adults. But, for the last several years, chia seeds have grabbed heaps of attention in the beauty and skincare industry. ‘Superseeds’, as they are called, now form an essential ingredient in the daily meals of health-conscious households. But, how is it so easy to incorporate these seeds into our daily diet? This is because chia seeds are small in size, mild in taste, and versatile in nature.
Chia seeds are like an hamper of nutrition for your body. Chia seeds contain some of the most vital nutrients like fats, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, niacin, magnesium, and cell-protecting antioxidants. They make you feel full for a longer period and also help in preventing constipation. Apart from the extensive supply of nutrients, chia seeds also help in controlling blood sugar. It acts as a catalyst to improve cardiovascular disease risk and helps maintain good glucose and lipid control.
Chia seeds also have a longer shelf life than flaxseeds. So, you can get them and use them as and when you want. Chia seeds can be consumed in numerous forms to suit your preference and taste. If you like morning shakes and smoothies, you can add a tablespoon or less of fresh seeds or chia gel to your favorite fruit and vegetable smoothies. Chia seeds can be added to most breakfast items to give a kickstart of nutrition to your day.
Chia seeds can be used in breakfast dishes like a salad where the seeds can be placed as salad dressings. The seeds can be blended with other ingredients of the dressing to give it a good consistency and flavor. Some people do not like the gel-like texture of chia seeds. In such a case, you can add chia seeds to baked goods. For example, the chia gel can be used to top bread or muffins as a substitute for eggs.
Apart from these dishes where chia seeds as added as sides, you can also try out chia drinks. These days, supermarket racks are loaded with expensive chia drinks that are all set to clear your pocket. We got this covered. Do not spend on expensive chia drinks that are not even perfect in quality. Making your own chia drink at home is very easy. All you need is a few tablespoons of chia seeds, coconut water, or simple water and fruit juice. Try making a fresh fruit juice at home that you can add to your chia drink. You can also make a chia drink by substituting fruit juice with lemon or lime juice and include a sweetener in the recipe.
Do you love bread for breakfast? If yes, here is a quick hack to make your bread breakfast healthier – add a chia jam. A jam with chia seeds might sound like an odd combination. But it makes the jam thinner and easier to spread. You can also use this jam over yogurt, cereals, or ice creams. To make a chia seed jam, you need a fruit jam and a sweetener. Add chia seeds to it and let the mixture settle for some time. Your healthy chia seed jam is ready!
Chia seeds are a great ingredient to start your day with. They provide healthy fats that are digestive and non-toxic for your body. They are also a great source of anti-oxidants. Since chia seeds are rich in fiber, they give a boost to your digestive system and improve bowel movement. They fulfill the day’s protein intake in your diet along with aiding weight loss. It also enhances heart, bone, and muscle health. So, what are you waiting for? Add this magic ingredient to your diet today and feel a positive change in your life.