Ah yes, chia seeds: the nutritious and delicious superfoods that have been around since ancient times. They are notoriously high in protein, but they are also known for being incredible sources of calcium, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, too. In fact, it only takes about an ounce of these tasty seeds to get the amount of these nutrients that you need—11 grams of fiber, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, and 4 grams of protein to be exact. So, how do you get this goodness into your diet? It just so happens that it is a whole lot easier (and more delicious) than you might think.
1. Muffin Mania
There are no rules as to what you can put into your favorite muffin. Why not add some delicious and nutritious chia seeds to the recipe? They bake down quite nicely, offering you a unique flavor that is pleasing to most pallets. On top of that, these seeds taste especially great when paired with fruit—a common ingredient in most popular muffins.
2. Chilled Chia Smoothie
Who doesn’t love a deliciously chilled smoothie? The great part about these tasty beverages is that they can contain whatever you want, which makes it easy for you to add some chia seeds to the mix. Smoothies are already healthy, but just imagine how much more nutritious your smoothies will be if they have some of these seeds floating around in them.
3. Salad Dressing
A lot of health-conscious people are making their own salad dressings these days. You can join the bandwagon and offer yourself and your loved ones a tasty dressing that is also extremely beneficial to fitness. On popular way to incorporate chia seeds into a salad is by simply sprinkling them on top, but if you add them right into your favorite dressing, you will enjoy them in a whole new way.
Okay, so sometimes we all need to appease that sweet tooth. Pudding is a great way to do this, but it can sometimes wreck your diet. Such is not the case when you eat pudding that has some chia seeds in it. You can either buy some pudding and put the seeds in afterward or simply make your own and cook them right into the recipe.
5. Fruit and Yogurt Plate
Nothing says healthy and delicious like a tasty fruit and yogurt plate, especially if that plate features some chia seeds sprinkled on top. Forget that granola (or don’t) and add in some of these super-seeds. You and your pallet won’t be sorry and neither will your overall well-being.