Fun Ways to Eat Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are very healthy and offer many significant health benefits. When people decide to add them to their diet, they often look for ways to incorporate them into meals. Chia seeds are essentially flavorless, which means you won’t want to eat chia seeds alone. What is great about these little seeds is that they can be worked into many different dishes to get the health benefits without altering the taste.
The following are some fun and creative ways to add chia seeds to your diet.
Chia Seed Lemonade
Who would have thought of adding chia seeds to lemonade?Well, lemonade is many people’s favorite drink, especially during the hot summer months. You can add chia seeds to your lemonade easily to get the nutrients and turn your lemonade into a healthy drink. What do you have to do? It’s simple, soak about 1.5 teaspoons of chia seeds for every two cups of cold water for approximately a half hour before mixing the water with the lemon juice and sweetener of your choice. Do not forget to serve your lemonade with ice to keep your tasty drink cold.
Chia Seed Granola
If you enjoy making homemade granola bars, adding chia seeds to your favorite recipe is super easy! All you have to do is prepare your favorite granola mix and mix in the seeds. You can add as many or as few of the seeds as you would like to maintain the desired texture of the granola, but most people will want to make the mixture somewhere between 5 and 10% chia seeds to get the most nutritional benefit without changing the granola too much.
Homemade Chia Seed Pizza
When making a homemade pizza, consider mixing a couple of teaspoons of chia seeds into the pizza sauce. Let it sit in the sauce for 20-30 minutes before spreading it onto the crust and covering with your favorite toppings. The seeds will be soft, and most people (especially children) won’t notice them. Of course, just because they don’t see the seeds doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from the significant health benefits.
Chia Seed Fruit Popsicles
Do you enjoy making homemade popsicles? Making popsicles out of fruit, cream, and a little water is extremely popular during the summer. Making fruit popsicles is a fun activity for parents and children to do together. When blending up the fruit to make these popsicles, add a teaspoon or two of chia seeds to get the nutritional perks. Adjusting the amount of chia seeds based on the number and size of popsicles is very important, you don’t want the seeds to cause the popsicles to become chunky.
Chia Seed Hot or Iced Tea
Tea offers many essential health benefits, but it can be improved even further by mixing in chia seeds. Simply soak the seeds in the water for a half hour or so and then use that water to make the tea. Using about a half teaspoon per cup is typically sufficient, and scaling it up if you are making larger batches of tea. Adjusting the total amount of seeds used to meet your specific taste is simple and will make it easy to create great tasting tea that is healthier than ever.
Chia Seed Hamburgers
When preparing your hamburgers and shaping them, try adding about a teaspoon of chia seeds for each burger. Mix the seeds into the meat and then cook them on the grill for a tasty burger that is packed with added nutrients. This is one more way to sneak the chia seeds into foods in case your children refuse to try them.
Chia Seed Yogurt
Yogurt is fantastic because you can easily mix in fruits, nuts and any cereal of your choice to make it more flavourful. Adding chia seeds to your yogurt is very easy. If you mix in the seeds and let them sit for 20 minutes or so, the texture doesn’t get changed very much. Of course, you should ideally use a no-sugar-added Greek yogurt to get the healthiest snack.
Chia Seed Oatmeal
Hot oatmeal is one of the best breakfast options out there. It can really fill you up, and give you the energy needed to keep you going all morning long. If you mix in about 2 teaspoons of chia seeds for each serving of oatmeal before cooking it, you’ll get even more nutrients in every bite. The taste and texture will remain virtually unchanged, which makes it an excellent way to work chia seeds into your diet.
Get Creative with Chia Seeds
Feel free to get creative with chia seeds; they are very easy to add to meals, desserts and drinks. We have listed a few options to help you add them to your diet. These seeds are one of the most versatile health foods on the market today. You can toss them into just about any dish without changing the end result, except adding more nutrients. So, starting adding chia seeds into your meals today and enjoy all the great health benefits. If you would like a quick and tasty recipe, try our Chocolate Chia Pudding Recipe, you will love it!