Chia seeds are absolutely full of nutrients and great for adding to porridge, salads, smoothies or making chia puddings. ( chocolate chia pudding recipe below ). Just some of their nutritional content includes;
-High in fibre
-High in protein
-Full of good omega 3 fats
-High in Calcium
-As well as good sources of mangenese, magnesium and phosphorus.
Chia seeds are very flexible and can be eaten in a variety of ways:
- Whole/crushed - add to any food (hot or cold) for texture, sprinkle on salads or cereal. They can also be used in baking or as a thickening agent. Crushed seeds will release the most Omega3.
- Chia Gel - chia seeds can be combined with water (or any liquid) to produce a gel-like consistency. This can be eaten as it is, or added to foods. Smoothies can be made with 50-70% chia gel or added to any creamy/liquid foods (puddings, dressings, jelly etc).
To use as a thickening agent when you’re cooking, start with 1-2 tablespoons of whole seeds and stir thoroughly. Then turn down the heat and wait for a couple of minutes to the chia to take effect.
Chia chocolate pudding:
- Use 1 part seeds and 8 parts milk of choice.
- Put the milk in a container and slowly stir in the seeds.
- Add a teaspoon of cocoa or cacao and mix thoroughly.
- Leave in fridge and stir occasionally.
Lasts up to 14 days in the fridge.