If my love for chia wasn’t obvious to you yet, I hope today’s title clarifies things for you ;)
Over the past few months, I’ve started to incorporate chia seeds into my diet more and more. Now, I typically have one meal per day involving chia seeds. Usually, this meal is my breakfast on the days I get up early and go to the gym before class, but I also love incorporating chia seeds in other ways throughout my day!
Chia seeds are most definitely a superfood. They are nutrient dense and offer so many health benefits!
They are exceptionally high in fibre, loaded with antioxidants, contain amounts of omega 3 fatty acids worth bragging about, and are a complete protein!
Fibre stabilizes blood sugar levels, keeps you regular, and keeps you satiated! So, chia seeds are a great component to add into your diet if you experience issues with your blood sugar levels or experience constipation.
Antioxidants prevent free radical damage in your body and chia seeds contain more antioxidants than blueberries, another food very high in antioxidants! Try my Overnight Blueberry Chia Pudding for a antioxidant packed breakfast!
Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in our diet and chia seeds contain more omega 3 fatty acids, by weight, than salmon!
Chia seeds contain more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, and more iron than spinach!
No wonder I try to add these little seeds into my diet almost every day ;)
Chia seeds also have the ability to absorb 9 – 10 times their weight in water, which is how I enjoy them most often! When chia seeds absorb water (or another liquid like almond milk), they form a “gel” or “pudding”, which makes a tasty breakfast or snack!
I have plenty of chia recipes for you to try! Just check out my Food page! All of my chia pudding recipes can be found under the “Breakfast” heading, but today I will share my go to chia pudding recipe with you.
I’ve been asked a few times lately what my “base recipe” is and this is a very good question because I always have my chia pudding base recipe ready and waiting for me in my refrigerator and then add ingredients accordingly. So, here it is!
Chia Pudding Base Recipe
1 cup almond milk (or liquid of your choice)
3 TBSP chia seeds
Mix ingredients together and allow chia seeds to absorb liquid. I usually allow mine to sit overnight.
Personally, I find this to be the best liquid to chia seed ratio. I like my chia puddings on the thicker side, but that’s just me!
What would you put in your chia pudding? Is there a recipe you’d like me to create for you? What is your favourite way to use chia seeds?
Other great ways to incorporate chia seeds into your diet are:
– Sprinkled on top your yogurt
– Blended into your smoothies
– Mixed into your cereal or oats
– Sprinkled on top of your salad
– Mixed into your baked goods
– Mixed into pureed fruits to make a “jam”