Chia seeds are a fun and versatile ingredient in the kitchen. These seeds are native to Central America and were a staple in the Aztec and Mayan diets. Their name comes from a Mayan word for strength, so it is appropriate that today we know them as a superfood.
Why Eat Chia Seeds?
- Chia seeds have antioxidants, omega-3s, and are an excellent source of fiber.
- When mixed with water, they absorb water and form a gel. This makes them great for making puddings, and you can even sometimes use them to replace eggs in baked goods.
About Chia Seeds
- Chia is a flowering plant that is in the mint family.
- Chia seeds can be mottled black or white, but they are all from the same plant species, Salvia hispanica.
- Grinding the seeds yourself, rather than buying them pre-ground, may help preserve more of the nutrients.
How Do I Use Chia Seeds?
- Add to smoothies or yogurt for added texture and a healthy boost.
- Use to make easy and healthy puddings by adding milk and flavorings such as cocoa powder or fruit.
- Add to baked goods, granola, or oatmeal, or sprinkle on salads.
Try out this fun and healthy superfood today!
Did You Know?
Chia seeds can make a great egg replacement by acting as a binding agent in baked goods. To replace one egg:
- Grind 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into a meal with a blender, spice grinder, etc. Mix with 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.