5 Delicious Ways to Enjoy the Benefits of Chia Seeds

Although they are usually combined with water, there are many other ingredients that chia seeds can be combined with and many different recipes to use them in. Check out these 5 delicious ideas!

Chia seeds are an energy-rich food that rose to fame around the world when their remarkable characteristics were discovered.

Hailing from Guatemala and Mexico, they are one of the so-called “super foods,” due to their incredible nutritional composition.

They have a light nutty flavor that combines well with many other ingredients, making it easy to include them in meal plans.

In addition, they stand out as an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, and many other nutrients beneficial to health.

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Chia seeds are very popular now not only because they help with healthy weight loss, but also because it has been proven that they maintain cardiovascular health, physical condition, and many other bodily systems.

That’s why we’re taking the opportunity to share with you 5 delicious ways to include them more regularly in your diet and not miss out on their benefits.

1. Yogurt with chia seeds

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Mixing chia seeds with yogurt provides a quick and complete alternative for a healthy breakfast.

This breakfast contains protein, probiotics, and other essential nutrients that help keep your body full of energy all day.

Another option is to add some fruit to give it a sweeter taste and an extra dose of antioxidants.




Ingredients

  • 1 Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (14 g)
  • Fruit to taste (we suggest bananas, kiwi, or strawberries)

How to make it:

  • Scoop the Greek yogurt in a glass and add the chopped fruit.
  • Sprinkle the chia seeds on top and enjoy.

See also: how to make chia seed gel

2. Chia seed pancakes

Chia seed pancakes are a good alternative to the commercial options that tend to be high in calories and artificial ingredients.

This natural recipe helps ease hunger pains and gives an energy boost to your whole body.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of wheat flour (400 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (14 g)
  • 1/2 cup of water (100 ml)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons of minced dried fruit (20 g)
  • olive oil (if necessary)

How to make it:

  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl, except the olive oil.
  • Mix until a thick dough is formed and cover with a cloth for 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minutes, take small portions of the dough and form the cakes.
  • Add the olive oil to a pan and cook on both sides on medium heat.

3. Chia seed jam

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These seeds are so versatile they can even be used in recipes for homemade jams.

They give the jam a unique flavor as well as interesting benefits for your diet.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (28 g)
  • 1/2 cup of cherry juice (you can also use other fruit juices) (125 ml)
  • Honey or other sweetener (to taste)

How to make it:

  • Put the two tablespoons of chia seeds in the juice and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
  • After chilling, the consistency will be thick and all that’s left to do is add your preferred sweetener.

4. Chia seed and papaya smoothie

This delicious smoothie made of chia seeds and papaya has digestive, anti-inflammatory, and energetic properties that provide many benefits to your body.

Drink it to combat constipation, abdominal bloating, and those energy slumps that keep you from getting your work done.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk (375 ml)
  • 2 slices of ripe papaya
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (14 g)

How to make it:

  • Blend the almond milk and papaya slices in a blender.
  • Once well-mixed, serve and sprinkle the chia seeds on top.
  • Let sit 30 minutes and enjoy.

We recommend reading: benefits of having papaya daily

5. Ice cream with chia seeds

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Ice cream may contain a significant amount of calories and fat, but with chia seeds, it can be a healthy way to treat yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (28 g)
  • 1/2 cup of ice cream (any flavor) (107 g)
  • 1/3 cup of chopped fruit (50 g)
  • 1 tablespoon of minced dried fruit (7 g) (optional)

How to make it:

  • Scoop a little ice cream into a cup and cover with the fruit and chia seeds.
  • Scoop the rest of the ice cream into the cup and garnish with more seeds and the dried fruit.

Still haven’t tried these amazing seeds? Get them in natural food stores or supermarkets and enjoy them in these delicious recipes.

Of course you can also add them to salads, soups, breads, and much more.