I love chia seeds. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in fiber, full of antioxidants & minerals and they help you feel full. I have tried new foods because of my love of chia seeds. When the seeds are combined with liquid they form a gel like substance. Normally I have avoided drinks or foods involving lumps or gel-like substance but these guys add thickness to whatever they are added to without any noticable flavor. Chia seeds can be added to salads, soups, smoothies, yogurt, drinks, or used to create puddings or an egg substitute.
The cost fluctuates greatly depending on where you purchase them. (I get mine in bulk from a local health food store.) I have seen them as low as $8/lb. and as high as $15/lb. The good news is you use relatively small amounts in your recipes. A little bit goes a long way! I’ve got three great demonstrations mapped out that are honestly worth trying. You will be surprised how much you enjoy these recipes!
A great basic recipe for chia pudding is 1/3 cup chia seeds, 1 cup milk (any type,) 1 Tbsp honey or maple syrup, and a tsp of vanilla–placed in a mason jar. Shake well and refrigerate several hours to overnight. My favorite take on chia pudding is Mexican Chocolate Chia Pudding. With a few additional ingredients and a ride in the blender–you have a chocolatey thick concoction that feels like real dessert!
My favorite way to use chia seeds is to add them to fruit juice & water. They add a unique texture to the drink & they help fill you up. **Anyone who has tried kombucha with chia seeds knows what I am talking about** I add 1-2 tsp chia seeds to an empty glass bottle & fill with half water and half 100% fruit juice. The chia seeds start to expand & form a gel layer after only 10 minutes.
It doesn’t get any easier than this–To substitute one egg: mix 1 Tbsp ground chia seeds with 3 Tbsp water. Let sit 5 minutes.
I typically use amaranth to thicken up my homemade chili; but next time I’m going to throw in a couple Tablespoons of ground chia seeds!!