Size certainly isn’t everything when it comes to superfoods. Tiny chia seeds pack a mighty punch as they’re loaded with essential nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and potassiam. They also contain a lot of fibre so can help stave off hunger pangs.
Chia seeds are also fairly high in protein and are particularly useful for people on a vegan or vegetarian diet, as they provide a range of amino acids as well as plant protein. There are various ways of adding chia seeds to your diet and you’ll find plenty of online food recipes, but here are a few ideas to get you started.
No-cook Clementine Chia Pudding
Grate 1/2 tablespoon of clementine zest into an airtight container or jar. Add a cup of milk or soya milk, 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 3 tablespoons of agave nectar and a pinch of grated nutmeg. Put on the lid, shake and refrigerate overnight. When ready to eat, serve with clementine segments.
Peel and de-stone 20 medium-sized ripe plums, add a few tablespoons of honey or maple syrup to sweeten. Then add 1/4 cup of chia seeds, which will bind the jam so you don’t need pectin. Stir over a low heat until it thickens, then put into jars and store. You can try this with any fruits you wish. Take a look at other online food recipes on a website such as http://food-tales.com/online-food-recipes/ for further ideas of using fruit with chia.
Rice and Chia Salad
Cook 2 cups of rice according to the packet directions. Drain and let cool. Add 1/4 cup of chia, 1 chopped red onion, 1 cucumber cut into ribbons, 1 chopped avocado, 1 chopped tomato and a large handful of watercress. Make your favourite salad dressing and drizzle over the salad.
Sesame Chia Balls
In a processor, blend 1/2 cup of dry roasted cashew nuts, 1/2 cup of macadamias or unsalted peanuts, 1 cup of dates (stones removed), 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds and 1 tablespoon of rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup to sweeten. Once it has formed into a thick paste, roll the mixture into small balls about the size of a walnut, roll in sesame seeds to coat and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until they are firm.