What’s The Deal With Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds for breakfast

Chia seeds for breakfast

Lately, I’ve been seeing chia seeds in many recipes and health articles focusing on nutrition.  I was confused at first as to when and why chia seeds made such an impact on being healthy?  I bought some for myself to see what the craze is about and I also came up with a tasty breakfast recipe. 

So, what is chia?  It is an edible seed which dates back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures, germinating from the desert plant Salvia hispanics.  If this seed has been around for centuries, why are we just now all about it? Well, “chia” means strength, and they are known to be a great energy booster.  I don’t know about you, but I could always use an extra boost of energy throughout my days.

Chia seeds consist of good-for-you nutrients such as:   omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, calcium, and lots of fiber.  They can be mixed in with a variety of recipes, but are mostly incorporated into smoothies, oatmeal, breakfast cereal, baked goods, rice, dishes, and yogurt.  I previously read that if you mix chia seeds with a little bit of water, they will turn into a gel-like mixture.  As you can see in the picture below, these chia seeds have been mixed with water and it certainly has a thicker, tapioca-like consistency.

chia seeds

chia seeds

Since I didn’t know what exactly do with my chia seeds, I decided to put them on a toasted whole wheat bagel for breakfast.  First, I spread almond butter on the bagel then mixed a little bit of the gelatinous chia seed mixture with raspberry jam.  The chia seeds have a subtle nutty flavor so it works perfectly! I’ll definitely be experimenting with chia seeds more in the future.  Recipes to come.

How do you incorporate chia seeds in your favorite recipes?

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