These tiny seeds are gaining popularity as they are packed with nutrition and may be easily included in one’s diet. Native to Mexico and Guatemala the word ‘Chia’ means strength in the ancient Mayan language. It is high in fibre, high quality protein, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids. These versatile seeds can be soaked and added to puddings, salads, porridge or curd. It has the ability to absorb water and become a gel like substance. Its color ranges from white to brown or black. It is often used dry as a sprinkling over salads and pudding. It is best to soak it for half an hour before use. I like to soak it overnight and place it in the refrigerator, before I use it the next morning.
1. Warm Chia Porridge
Did know that Chia seeds can be cooked easily and eaten warm? The following is an excellent recipe for those cold, winter mornings and for those who prefer to eat something warm for breakfast
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time:
Soak Chia seeds [overnight is best]. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat [5 minutes approx]. The mixture will thicken. Add a little more milk if too thick. Sprinkle over with nuts or topping of one’s choice. Delicious!
2. Easy Chia Pudding
This pudding recipe is easy to make and may be used for different flavours. Make it easy on the palate by trying a new flavor every week.
Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes
For the basic pudding, mix the Chia seeds in milk and allow it to rest. Add sweetener. Half an hour later add the flavour of your choice. Fruits like berries, apple, mango or pineapple are great. You may like to vary it with chocolate or add a dash of peanut butter. Adding nuts gives it an additional nutritional load along with the crunch. A tasty, nutritious pudding for the family!
3. Chia Seeds in Juices
Adding Chia seeds to your usual juices fuels up the nutrition factor. Go ahead and do it! Here are some suggestions that combine well with Chia.
Pomegranate juice to which a teaspoonful of Chia is added has no sweetener added.
Lime and ginger with some Chia is simply awesome! Add a few mint leaves and it’s heaven!
Apple juice with Chia is great. Drizzle a bit of honey if required.
Mango and Pineapple juices as stand alone or in combo, taste yummy with Chia seeds.
To make your drink allow your imagination to run and create your own special Chia drink or Smoothie. Coconut milk, curd or water may be used as one desires. Chia seeds are truly versatile and blend well with all.