Chia Seeds

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.