What is it?
Seeds rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, they are an ancient South American staple and nutritional powerhouse.
They may be added to any food or drink such as smoothies. When eaten dry the taste may be compared to a poppy seed. Some find they have a subtle nutty taste but I would call it more of a neutral one, however it’s what it is combined with that imparts that all important flavour. They can be soaked in liquid which they absorb quickly to create a gel-like consistency and are often used in dessert recipes (see below).
What goodness does it contain?
For those who don’t like or eat fish and nuts (and I’m thinking of one person related to me 😉 …) and for vegetarians & vegans, chia seeds are the best vegetarian source of the anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid Omega 3. It contains protein, is a very good source of fibre, a good source of calcium, phosphorus and manganese.
Just check out the graphical nutritional information from ChiaBia below!
How can I get it into my diet?
Add chia seeds to porridge, smoothies, in baking – cookies, bread recipes, muffins, cakes – over a fruit salad, sprinkled over yoghurt.
Used in healthy snack and dessert recipes as they do a good job of binding the ingredients together, so they are in fact a good replacement for eggs.
They are available in the health aisle of most supermarkets and in health shops.
Chia Breakfast Pudding (adapted from from ‘Deliciously Ella – Awesome ingredients, incredible food that you and your body will love’ cookbook)
300 ml almond milk
half of one frozen banana, peeled (or 1 ripe fresh banana whatever you have)
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp honey (good quality honey makes all the difference)
handful of blueberries
5 tbsp chia seeds (thought initially this was a bit much as the recipe needed longer than stated minimum ‘setting’ time per the book, however leaving overnight is best)
- Place the almond milk, banana, almond butter, honey and blueberries in your blender (I used my Kenwood Smoothie To Go). Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour this mix into a glass container or leave in your Smoothie to Go/NutriBullet closed container and leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours, this is to ensure it sets and the chia seeds expand and absorb the liquid.
- Enjoy the breakfast pudding as it is or pour into a bowl and top off with granola and fresh fruit.
- Delicious with fresh strawberries!
Your skin will thank you ..
Deliciously Ella: Awesome ingredients, incredible food that you and your body will love (Hardcover) –January 2015 by