Chia are tiny little black seeds that can add a big health boost to your diet.
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Claimed health benefits:
Chia seeds contain more omega-3s than any other plant food (although as alpha-linolenic acid, which the body must convert to more usable forms).
Chia also boasts more calcium than milk; abundant vitamin C, fiber, and iron; and potentially blood pressure–lowering effects.
The seeds have little taste but add wonderful texture, and they stay fresh without refrigeration for up to two years. The white variety, marketed as Salba, offers even more protein and good fats.
How to use Chia in your diet:
What is most exciting to me is Chia’s ability to gel – just add some warm water and watch it thicken.
Use it as an egg replacement - Whisk 1 tablespoon chia with 3 tablespoons hot water and let sit for 10 minutes until it becomes thick and gooey; use in place of one egg.
For gluten free baking – some people are sensitive to guar or xanthan gum; chia can be used to replace gum as a binding element. Use the same amount of chia as you would the gum and mix with twice that quantity of boiling water.
Unlike flaxseed, you don’t have to grind chia for your body to digest it. Mix into your morning juice to create a thickened “chia fresca,” or stir into pancake or waffle batter for an appealing crunch. Sprinkle chia seeds over salads or casseroles. Mix them into any kind of breading for fish, chicken, or tofu.
Experiment! Let me know what you do with chia.