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How to cook with chia seeds

Chia seeds offer a simple and delicious way to load more nutrients into your dishes. Here’s how you can include chia seeds in your diet.

Chia seeds

One of the latest super-foods getting lots of buzz, appearing on more and more menus and in more recipes, is chia seeds. These tiny hard seeds have a subtle, slightly nutty taste and are great at taking on the flavour of what you pair or cook them with, which is partly why they’re so versatile and easy to incorporate into your diet!

Chia seeds are a great addition to your eating regimen if you’re trying to lose weight, as they are fantastic at absorbing water. They can make you feel full when you consume them, so you may eat less overall.

The seeds are also a source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, which may help keep you regular. And if you’re concerned about getting enough omega-3 in your diet, chia seeds are the richest plant source of this essential fatty acid. They are also loaded with antioxidants, so you can count on them to help fight free radical damage too.

And ladies, if you’re always looking for ways to get more calcium into your diet, chia seeds are a good source of the bone-strengthening mineral.

Want to incorporate them into your diet? Here are some ways you can do so easily.

Jazz up your salads with chia seeds

One of the simplest ways (and one of our favourites) to include chia seeds in your regular diet is to throw a tablespoon or two onto your salads. They add a satisfying and delicious crunch that is a nice contrast to greens and other veggies.

Mix chia seeds into your sauces, dressings and smoothies

Remember how chia seeds are great at absorbing fluid? Include some in your dressings or sauces, and they’ll amplify their flavour (while providing a super boost of vitamins and minerals). Also, since these seeds are so tiny, they won’t affect the texture of, say, a smoothie if you throw them into the blender with your fruits and veggies.

Bake with chia seeds for healthier treats

You can slash the butter and oil from your favourite baked goods recipes without affecting the flavour by replacing those portions with chia gel. To make chia gel, add nine parts water to one part chia seeds. Let it sit for half an hour, and a gel will form.

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