Chia seeds health benefits incorporate weight loss (because of lowered food cravings), increased energy, durable hair, skin and nails, and an appearance of youthfulness. But how can you prepare this nutrient-loaded wholegrain for consuming? Here are the quickest and easiest options to assimilate chia seeds into your daily diet plan.
Take equal proportions of chia gel to softened butter. I often use around 100 grams of each. Blend them together in a blender until smooth. Seal in an airtight container and refrigerate. Eat the chia butter anywhere you would use normal butter – on toast, for cooking and baking, or as a sandwich spread. Add some fresh herbs and spices for a luscious savory butter.
Would you like to sometimes cook without milk, eggs, butter, or oil? Chia gel is used as a substitute for all these items. Here’s how to make chia gel.
Mix 1/3 cup of chia seeds with 2 cups of water. Whisk together well, and let the combination rest for about ten minutes. Mix well once more, then place the mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate it. Chia gel will last up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
You can get the health benefits of chia seeds when you grind the seeds into flour. You can grind chia seeds yourself or purchase ready-made chia flour. Use chia flour to bake pizza crust, pies, bread, cookies, biscuits, and anything else. Mix it with barley or whole wheat flour for a fun and flavorsome combination. Experiment with the ratios and be creative. Of course you can also use chia flour alone and I often do. The wonderful thing is it is gluten-free so your guests never have to be concerned about refusing any baked goods you present them!
This is a popular South American drink. Add a spoonful of chia seeds to a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, sparkling juice, or even just plain filtered water. Let it rest for ten minutes. When you examine the seeds, you’ll discover they’ve become gelatinous and almost appear to glow. This is because of the high moisture-absorbing properties of chia. As you sip, have fun with the feeling of the seeds against your tongue. It may feel bizarre and even off-putting in the beginning (since we are not used to solid matter in our drinks!) but eventually you may become a chia fresca addict like thousands of health-food nuts internationally!
Health professionals propose you take 1-4 tablespoons a day of chia seeds. You can get the health benefits through chia consumed raw or cooked. Try to take a little chia every day so that your body experiences long-term benefits from the regular intake of omega 3, vitamin B, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, and many other necessary vitamins and minerals.
Don’t be anxious about “overdosing” – chia is a 100% natural food and presents no detrimental side effects. Any extra nutrients would simply pass through your body. Eat as much chia as you enjoy!