I have recently discovered this tiny superfood and I am loving experimenting with it. Chia seeds are full of protein and omega-3s, as well as fiber. They are super healthy, and you can read about their benefits here. When they are put in liquid, they swell and become gelatinous, reminiscent of tapioca (but in my opinion, much better!), but they maintain a little crunch on the inside and give a unique texture to whatever you add them to.
I first read about them on one of my favorite blogs. Angela uses them in a lot of different recipes and I decided to give it a try! And I am glad I did :) Just a few of the ways I’ve tried them are as follows:
Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam — I made this a few days ago, and was amazed at how quick and easy it was! This recipe doesn’t use the normal amount of refined sugar and pectin used in regular jam, so it’s much more healthy. Even my brother liked it!
Chocolate Chia Pudding — If you like tapioca pudding, you’ll like the texture of this pudding. I’m not a big fan of tapioca, but I loved this, mainly because it’s chocolate. :)
Overnight Oat Parfaits — This is a fun recipe to mix and match things in. You can make it differently every time! Plus it’s easy to prepare the night before and put together the next morning.
I also like to put a tablespoon or two in my smoothie or bowl of cereal once in a while. A little bit goes a long way!
Have you ever tried chia seeds? What kind of things do you use them in?