I am sure most of you have heard of Chia Seeds, but do you know just how good and beneficial they are for you? I never did until I started to do a bit of research into it.
The Chia plant is a relative of the mint plant. The plant makes tiny, flavorless seeks that are abundant in antioxidants and fiber! When you combine these seeds with water they can replace oil or butter in your baked goods.
Chia seeds also expand in your stomach making you feel satisfied longer and can help take a bite out of any temptation to snack between meals.
To make a Chia Gel you will want to a 9 to 1 ratio. Use 1 tablespoon dry chia seeds to 9 tablespoon filtered water. Put your seeds and water into a container with a lid on it and shake or stir to prevent it from sticking together. It only takes about 15 minutes for this to set and you will have chia gel! This will keep for about a week in your refrigerator, but make sure to keep it covered.
This is my chia gel I just made to add to my tea.
Here are a few benefits to adding Chia seeds to your diet:
- Balance blood sugar
- Prevents diseases such as diverticulitis and diverticulosis
- Contains Omega-3 essential fatty acid (lowers high blood pressure)
- Easy to add to many foods (I often put the in pancakes, yogurt, granola)
- Lose weight – cuts craving for foods (contains calcium, magnesium, boron and essential trace minerals). When these seeds are exposed to water, they form a coating like gel, swelling up, increasing in size and weight, making you feel full longer.
- Increases energy and stamina – One of the highest plant-based sources of complete protein.
- Contains antioxidants – Anti-oxidants help to prevent free-radical damage in our bodies. It is the damaging results from these free radicals that cause inflammation in our tissues, one of the leading proponents of diseases.
- No flavor
- 100% chemical free – these seeds naturally repel insects and pests so farmers do not have to use any pesticides in the growing of chia plants.
Start your day off by adding Chia to your breakfast, helping to keep you feeling satisfied!
- Stir dry chia into any flavor yogurt (I sprinkle it in the plain type and add some granola as this is very filling and I really enjoy the crunch of it!
- Add some chia gel to your tea (I just make up a gallon of brewed Hibiscus Tea to drink during the day time – in these summer months – really quenches my thirst)
- Add chia to eggs, omelets, oatmeal, pancake batter.
- You can add the chia gel to any breakfast drink; smoothie, coffee, milk, hot tea, etc.
- Add to any nut butter or jam you are spreading on toast
Hope you enjoyed this information about this powerful chia seed! Share with us ways you have used chia seeds in the ‘Penny for your thoughts’ section at the end of this post!