By Deviyani Srivastava
The world is talking about this superfood. With three times more iron than spinach, double the amount of potassium than bananas, and a great source of fibre and protein, Chia seeds are really the “it” food right now.
Because of its mildly nutty flavor, Chia work well with both sweet and savory dishes. They also make you feel fuller since they absorb 10 times their weight in water, but they also reduce food cravings. (1 tablespoon of chia seeds has 60 calories with no sugar and 5 grams of fiber). Chia seeds are the new best friend for people who are looking to boost their metabolism and are on a weight loss journey, so check out these 6 ways to use them:
1. Guilt-Free Pudding
Combine milk with chia seeds, it cannot get any easier! Start your day or make a dessert. Use 1 cup milk with 3 tablespoons chia seeds, mix well, and refrigerate overnight. Mix in some fruits, nuts, chocolate shavings and spices.
2. Super Charged Smoothie
Adding chia seeds to your smoothie is not only going to increase its nutritional value but will satiate your food craving for a longer time. Keep the ratio, chia seeds one tablespoon to milk one cup. Use different types of milk to enhance the flavours.
3. Protein Packed Dessert
Now never say no to your sweet tooth but instead of reaching for those confectionary items, bake up a healthy dessert. Be it banana bread, muffins or cookies, add one or two tablespoons of chia seeds and enjoy a bit of crunch.
4. Breakfast Bar
Combine Chia seeds, nuts, grains and fruits to make a perfect morning breakfast bars. Chia seeds will give you that extra boost with the right amounts of protein and fibre. The fun is making these in so many combinations. Try different recipes and make sure to avoid adding too much sugar. Opt for honey and raisins instead. These bars are also perfect for kids snack time.
5. Egg Substitute
Chia seeds are the perfect substitute to eggs without losing the texture that eggs create. To make one chia seed egg combine 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3-6 tablespoons of water, mix and let it sit for about ten minutes. Replace every regular egg with one of these chia seed eggs for your baking based recipes.
6. Use it as a garnish
The easiest one is for the last! Salads and soups are just some of the great places to add in extra nutrition. Sprinkle chia seedsgenerously to get a boost of omega-3s, protein and fiber. Since chia seeds have a bland flavor it does not impact the taste and also enhances the texture of both salads and soups.
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