Get all the health benefits of Chia Seeds by simply adding them to any food or drink. Chia Seed Gel (below) is the easiest way to drink the seeds. Also, try sprinkling them onto oatmeal, salads, cereals, yogurt, soups, pasta, casseroles, eggs, smoothies, or any foods to add nutritional value.
Add Chia Seeds to any drink to get the omega-3 and fiber benefits. In some liquids the seeds will form a gel and in other liquids it will not form a gel but the hard seeds will soften up. Try the Chia Fresca drink below used by the ancient Aztecs as an energy source.
10 EASY (NO Cooking)
ways to get the health benefits of chia seeds in one day
1) Add to morning orange juice or smoothies
2) Sprinkle onto fried eggs or mix in with your omelette
3) Soak Chia Seeds in milk and add to cereal or oatmeal
4) Add to any fruit (grapefruit, oranges, bananas, etc.)
5) Stir Chia into your salad dressings, preferably soak for ten minutes before applying
6) Add Chia Seeds to thicken soups
7) Sprinkle over pasta, chicken, beef or fish
8) Add to ice cream (sprinkle-like texture without the sugar) or puddings for extra nutrition
9) Mix Chia Seeds with peanut butter, almond butter or Nutella then spread over crackers
10) Add to yogurt
Chia Seed Gel Drink
1 Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Chia Seeds
1 cup water (less or more depending on consistency you like)
Soak 5 minutes
Drink by itself or add to any food or drink. Store leftovers in refrigerator
Cherry Limeade Chia Fresca
1/2 cup cherry juice (or any juice)
1 cup water
3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
2 tablespoon honey (or other sweetner)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Mix well and serve cold.
Chia Fruit Oatmeal
2Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Chia Seeds
1 ¼ cups of water
Stir Chia Seeds into water and let sit while making the oatmeal.
3Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
3 Cups Organic Oatmeal
1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Granny Smith Apple Sliced Thin (or any cooking apple)
1 Cup Raisins
2 Banana Slices
3 Cups Fruit Juice (apple, blueberry, or apricot)
Water to adjust consistency
Add the coconut oil to a large non stick fry pan and heat on high. Add oatmeal and juice. Sir until oatmeal is simmering. Add apple slices, blueberries, raisins, banana slices then and cook for a total of 25 minutes. After oatmeal is fully cooked, mix in Chia Gel and sprinkle in more chia seeds onto finished oatmeal according to taste. Store left over in the in refrigerator and heat when needed. (Can make a week’s breakfast at a time.)
Chia Seed Muffins
3 Tbs Nature's Approved® Organic Chia Seeds
½ Cup Butter
1 ½ Tsp Vanilla
¼ Tsp Baking Soda
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ Tsp Cinnamon
¾ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Sour Cream
2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. In separate bowl combine flour, Chia Seeds, salt and baking soda and add to creamed mixture. Fill greased muffin tins. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake 20 minutes in preheated 375° oven.
Raw Sweet Chia Crackers
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup water
1 ripe banana
1 ripe apple
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
Allow to sit for about 20 minutes until mixture begins to gel.
Spread mixture about 1/8 in thick on teflon sheet.
Dehydrate at 105F for about 6 hours.
Turn over and dehydrate another several hours until a cracker like consistency is reached
Chia Fresca Drink
1 Tbs chia seeds (more or less depending on preference)
1 cup water
dash of sugar (or use any sweetner or sweet juice)
Add chia to water and wait five minutes to form gel.
Add sweetner and squirt of lime
Limes are full of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, phytochemical (antioxidants), potassium, flavonoids, and limonene. They also make water alkaline. Read the below for a great story about the energizing effects of chia fresca.
Gluten Free Cooking with Seeds and Chia Flour
• Replace eggs with chia seed gel
Mix 1 Tbs chia seeds with 3 Tbs water and let stand for about 15 minutes. A thick gel will form which can be used as an egg replacement in recipes. 1/4 cup of chia gel equals about 1 egg
•Use chia seed flour as a substitute for wheat flours
Grind up chia seeds to make a flour as a 1:1 replacement for wheat flours
•Baking tips using chia flour
Chia flour is best baked in smaller pans. Also increase baking time by about 5% for best results.