While on holiday I have experienced some different ways of eating chia seeds.
They are very popular in my husband’s home country of Brazil. I thought I would share how they are eating them as they are a great addition to your healthy eating plan.
Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are originally from the mint family and originate from Mexico.
They are deemed a super food as they are incredibly potent in omega 3 fatty acids, they are actually 8 times higher than what is found in salmon. Of course you do not eat 100 grams of chia seeds in one sitting like you would salmon, but they are still a nutrition super house.
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants as well as minerals calcium, potassium and iron. They are good source of vitamin C and protein.
Some of the ways in which we commonly eat chia seeds in our house are by:
- Using them as an egg replacement in baking. When water is added to the chia seeds they swell and form a gel. It is the protein in the chia seeds and the egg, which aid in the binding of the ingredients together when making a cake. Chia seeds are a great egg replacement for people who have intolerances of allergies to eggs.
- We also add them to smoothies. Chia seeds are a great adding it to your Healthy Mummy Smoothie.
- We also add them to our cereal or muesli.
The new ways in which I saw the chia seeds used here in Brazil were:
- Sprinkled on top of yoghurt.
- In a fruit sorbet at an ice-cream shop
- In rice. My sister in law places a few tablespoons of chia seeds in with the rice when she is cooking it as if it is like a herb. It was yummy. She actually did this with quinoa grain as well.
- And as a pudding, which I have included a quick recipe for down below. OF course these are in Australia too but this is the first time I have eaten it. These are great little puddings as they are high in nutrition and also protein which will be a great sweet fix and keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Coconut chia pudding
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 4 hours or overnight
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 2 tbs of chia seeds
- 2 tbs of maple syrup or honey
- ½ tsp of vanilla essence
Mix it all together until refrigerate for around four hours or even overnight.
Around 50 calories per serve.
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