How to Use Chia Seeds
For Your Health
How to Use Chia Seeds – For Your Health
By Steven Goodemote Google+
Why be concerned with how to use chia seeds? Here’s why – chia (pronounced “chee’ ah”) seeds are nutrition packed gems. Their health benefits are well-attested to. Their technical name is Salvia Hispanica and they come from the mint family. They are full of omega-3, protein antioxidants and fiber. However, all that nutrition information is useless unless we know how to use chia seeds.
How to eat chia seeds – raw
- Eat them raw. Like popcorn or potato chips or any other snack. They make a great snack all by themselves.
- Puddings and cereals. Just sprinkle them on top like your would nuts or fruits.
- Yogurt. There are so many good things you can add to yogurt to increase the nutritional value. Chia seeds are included in this list. Stir them in freely.
- Baked goods. This includes biscuits, breads, cakes, cookies, etc. Add a few chia seeds when preparing.
- Soup. Add the seeds. Stir. Eat immediately.
- Smoothies. Add a small handful of chia seeds. Drink immediately.
- Stir fry – Just stir them in. Actually, “stir them in”; adding to just about any cooked dish similar to stir fry is how to use chia seeds.
- Salads – toss in the seeds. They add a nice little crunch.
Grinding is another option to use chia seeds. Another word for grinding is milling. You can buy milled chia seeds or grind your own. When they are ground (or milled) you can add them to so many things -
- Butter, Peanut butter, etc. – Ground chia seeds add a wonderful, nutritional punch.
- Baking – You can substitute about 1/4 ground or milled chia seeds for flour to your baked goods. Their mild taste will only add to the taste sensation of your baked goods.
- Meatballs – Grind a small amount of chia and add to precooked mixture.
- Stuffing – Always a good place to add some extra nutrition. Mix the chia seeds in with the bread crumbs.
Soaking chia seeds in water is a great way to eat these guys. When they are soaked, they form a sort of a gel which can be added to many dishes. They can be added to flavored water for a delicious, nutritious hydrating drink. Coconut water is an excellent choice.
Why so much emphasis on how to use chia seeds? Why do we keep referring to its nutritional value? Here’s why – 3 tablespoons of these little gems contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These are a type of polyunsaturated fat. Including chia seeds as part of a healthy diet has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
A weight loss program needs to be included in our subject of how to use chia seeds. These little packages of nutrients, because of their fiber content, helps us to feel fill without filling us with calories.
Are you convinced? Do you see the value of learning how to use chia seeds? Then now is the time to start, don’t you think?