how to use chia seeds

how to use chia seeds

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how to use chia seeds

Chia can be eaten raw, hydrated or cooked. You don’t need to grind up the seeds, unless you would like to add them to flour, they are great to eat as they are. They come in two colors; black and white. Nutritionally there really is no difference between the two. 

The beauty of this seed is you can add it to just about anything you want to eat. Salads, yoghurt, breads, eggs, deserts, baked goods, soup, sandwiches, sauces, smoothies and in recipes where you ordinarily use sesame seeds.

some ways chia can be used

Use in place of an egg in recipes.  Substitute 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (preferably finely ground) + 3 tablespoons of water per egg.

Thicken up soups or gravies. If you don’t want to use cornstarch or other thickening agents, add a teaspoon of chia seeds or chia bran at a time until you reach your desired thickness. Bear in mind it takes a minute or two for the seeds to swell and work their magic. Be paaaaaaaatient.

Sprout chia seeds to use in salads. These things are quite zesty…a bit like broccoli sprouts. Chia seeds are mucilaginous so you can’t use the usual tray or jar sprouters. Instead…

  1. Sprinkle a thin layer of seeds on the bottom of an unlaquered terra cotta dish or plate.
  2. Put the terra cotta dish in a larger plate of water.
  3. Cover with another plate.
  4. Small amounts of water permeate the terra cotta plate upon which the chia seeds sit, and provide exactly the right amount of water to sprout them.
  5. Day 2, lightly mist the seeds (or sprinkle)  with water.
  6. Day 3, they should be right to eat.

Or try this easy tuna spread idea: Dump a small lunchtime can of tuna and springwater or brine in a bowl with about 1 tsp chia seeds, then use as you normally would on sandwiches or in salads.

 If you’re an athlete, try a chia-coconut goob. 

Just mix coconut water and some seeds to form an electrolyte-laden “goo”.  It’s infinitely better than the commercial goobs and energy drinks. great for athletes

Use as a slow cooker aid. Cooking with a slow cooker can often leave you with a lot of excess liquid.  I thicken the sauce by adding some seeds or chia seed bran. 

Make a stock spread: I remove any excess liquid (a very brothy, nutritious mixture) and put in a jar with some chia seeds and then eat with toast, over rice, pasta or vegetables.

 An easy thick omelette: Add chia seeds to beaten eggs, soak for 10 minutes and turn into an omelette or frittata.

Make crackers: make a thin batter of ground chia seeds and milk and cook in a slow oven to make crackers.

Make a cinnamon chia butter. Add ground seeds to nut butter and amp the nutrition. Or add to butter with some cinnamon and spread on hot toast.