There are many foods that gain popularity in the 21st century healthy food trend, but many people are still clueless about chia seeds. While these seeds are packed with numerous antioxidants, minerals, and essential fatty acids, chances are you have no idea how to use chia seeds in various recipes for every day. In reality, chia seeds are very versatile, and you can turn them into various healthy foods that can enrich your diet.
4 Easy Healthy Recipes with Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3, calcium, iron, magnesium, and antioxidants, so they are great if you are vegetarian or simply want to reduce the consumption of meat as protein source. Knowing how to use chia seeds in daily meals will give you advantage in nutrition intake. Here are 4 healthy recipes you can try right away that use chia seeds:
Healthy chocolate pudding.
Want to enjoy chocolate pudding but stays free of unhealthy calorie intake? Simply whisk ½ cup of chia seeds and ¼ cup of dark chocolate powder with 2 cups of nonfat milk, ½ cup of vanilla extract, ½ cup of maple syrup, and a small pinch of salt. Put the mixture in the bowl, cover it, and put it in the freezer for about ½ hours. With only 200 calories per cup, this is a great snack to satisfy sweet craving in healthy way.
Tropical breakfast smoothie.
If you want to include smoothie as healthy breakfast in the menu, add healthy addition of chia seeds. Pour these ingredients into blender: ½ cup blueberries, ½ frozen banana, 1 sliced beet, 1 tangerine, ¼ cup low fat Greek yogurt, ¼ cup dry oats, 2 teaspoon of chia seeds, some sliced kiwi, mango or peach, and 7 ice cubes. Blend them until thick and smooth. Drink immediately.
Healthy vanilla pudding.
If you prefer vanilla instead of chocolate in your healthy pudding, this healthy recipe combines vanilla flavor with chia seeds and berries. Simply whisk together 1 cup of low fat Greek yogurt, 1 cup of nonfat milk, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of organic honey (or depending on your taste). After the mixture is thick and smooth, add 2 teaspoons of chia seeds and whisk again. Put it in the freezer for about 1 hour. Add sliced strawberries or frozen raspberries and blueberries on top.
Flavored water with chia seeds.
You probably seldom hear “flavored water” being included in various chia seed recipes, but this recipe is delicious and healthy at the same time because there are fresh fruits and chia seeds. This water is very refreshing and loaded with vitamins, and can fulfill your sweet beverage craving without adding too much calorie. Simply pour 2 cups of water into a jar, and add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, and some sweetener such as honey, stevia, or saccharine. Stir, and put the jar in the refrigerator for about 40 minutes to 1 hour (until the seeds are softened). Every time you want to drink it, shake the water so the seeds are not clumped together.
Chia seeds are healthy foods that you can easily mix with a lot of things, from salad and yogurt to these simple recipes.