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Boost Your Meals With Chia Seeds

“Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia” may sound familiar and cause you to reminisce about commercials from the past. However, today when we think of “chia”, we think of the healthy little seed! The superfood chia seed has soared in popularity and use over the past few years. This small and compact “superseed” contains a lot of beneficial properties including an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, iron, and calcium. Thanks to the small size of the seed it is easy to incorporate into your everyday diet to add an extra boost of nutrition.

The Rise of Chia Seeds

Over the past years, the use of incorporating chia seeds into everyday diets has taken off. The rise of using chia seeds has grown due to the excellent source of nutrients these “superseed” offers. The nutrients offered from this small compact seed include but is not limited to:

  • Calcium
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Antioxidants
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin

Chia seeds are a great option for people with diabetic restrictions because they may help control blood sugar. Consuming chia seeds may help reduce cardiovascular disease risk and may help maintain a healthy glucose level.

Ways to Incorporate Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are small in size with a mild taste making it easy to not affect the flavor of whatever you chose to put them in; they’re great in everything from sweet to savory! Here are a couple of ways to incorporate chia seeds into your everyday diet.

Chia Pudding

Looking for a different alternative to overnight oats with a nutritious health benefit? Chia seeds are the perfect substitute for oats. Mixing chia seeds overnight with your choice of water or milk alternatives will give you a pudding consistency similar to overnight oats. Dress up your overnight chia pudding with your choice of nuts and fruits to add flavor and more nutrients!

Chia Egg

Who knew chia seeds could be an alternative for eggs? This food option is perfect for vegan bakers because it is composed of chia seeds and water, with no animal products. Mix 3 part chia with 1 part water, let sit for 5 minutes, and you’ll have a mix that binds ingredients together, just like an egg. Chia egg is a great 5-minute dish to prepare to add nutritious protein to your diet.

Chia Seed Pizza Crust

Looking for a way to make the savory treat of pizza healthy? Try adding chia seeds to your pizza dough. With chia seeds having such a mild taste it will make the added nutrients from the seeds almost tasteless.

Chia seeds are such a highly versatile ingredient that can be added to most dishes and smoothies. The mild flavor of the seed allows the ingredient to not compete with other flavors in the dish. Additionally, the seed is versatile and can be anything from a roasted crunchy seed to a liquid texture, making it easy to incorporate them into most things you make!

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