Move over flax, there’s another seed on the market! Chia seeds have made their way into the spotlight and are here to stay. As an excellent source of omega-3s, fiber, calcium, protein and antioxidants, this versatile seed is a great weight loss tool that also works to prevent diseases. Start sprinkling your way to better health by incorporating chia seeds into your diet in the following ways:
#1: Add to smoothies
Grind seeds into a powder form and add to your favorite morning smoothie. Known for the high digestibility of their protein content, no fortified powders are necessary.
#2: Mix into oatmeal
Add a nutty crunch to your morning bowl of oats with a tablespoon of chia seeds. This fiber-packed breakfast will keep you going until lunch.
#3: Make a chia seed omelet
Get your fill of amino acids for the day by adding a serving to your morning omelet. Mix in colorful veggies for an extra dose of antioxidants.
#4: Chia Peanut Butter + Apples
With a light nutty flavor, they mix perfectly into butters and spreads. Try this: Add a spoonful to hummus for a hint of crunch.
#5: Sprout seeds for salads
Remember chia pets? Sprouted seeds aren’t just for terracotta figurines, they can also be eaten! Throw some on top of your salad, or add a tablespoon of regular seeds to your dressing.
#6: Thicken soups and stews
Chia seeds add a nutritious boost to soups and stews while soaking up extra liquid, leaving you with a thick and tasty base. Use in place of flour or cornstarch.
#7: Breading for fish and chicken
Add a crunchy and healthy texture to your traditional breading with the addition of chia seeds. They can also be used in battered dishes.
#8: Add to stir-fry
Sprinkle onto stir-fry recipes or mix right into the sauce for your daily dose of vitamins. You can skip the brown rice and still get your fiber fill.
#9: Make chia seed veggie burgers
Due to their gel like properties, they work wonders in binding ingredients together. Mix into your favorite veggie burger recipes.
#10: Make all-natural pudding
For an easy homemade dessert, try making chia seed pudding. Including almond milk and cinnamon, this is one treat you can feel good about indulging in.
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