The chia seed has a mild, nut like flavor that mixes well with a variety of foods and beverages. Mix chia with lemon or lime juice and a little sugar to make the Mexican drink, Chia Fresco. Whole seeds enhance cereals, salads or yogurts, while ground seeds add a healthy boost to baked goods, soups and salsas.
Chia gel (chia mixed in water) can be used as an oil or fat substitute in sauces and baked goods. Look for chia seeds to become more readily available in health stores and online. At about 10.00 dollars a pound, with a shelf life of several years, the Chia Pet may take on a whole new meaning.
Chia - A Super Food?
Get yourself some Organic Chia Seed - it's health and virility in the form of a seed - and start incorporating this amazing 'super food' into your diet with the following suggestions...
Chia, as a food ingredient, is a dieters dream. Chia seeds are very tasty, with a nutty flavor, when sprinkled over meals. There are limitless ways to incorporate the Chia seed into your diet. Chia must be prepared with pure water before using recipes. The seed will absorb 9 times it's weight in water in less than 10 minutes and is very simple to prepare.
Making Chia Gel (9 to 1 ratio): Put water in a sealable plastic container and slowly pour seed into water while briskly mixing with a wire whisk. This process will avoid any clumping of the seed. Wait a couple of minutes, whisk again and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk again before using or storing in refrigerator (Gel will keep up to 2 weeks). You can add this mix to jams, jellies, hot or cold cereals, yogurts, mustard, energy bars, snacks, catsup, tarter sauce, BBQ sauce, etc.
Use chia as a fat replacer, for energy and endurance, or for added great taste. Substitute the oil in your breads with Chia gel. Top your favorite bread dough before baking with Chia gel for added shelf life. For topping on baked goods, breads, cookies, piecrust, etc., reduce the water ratio to 8 parts water to 1 part Chia seed.
Therapeutic Chia Tea
Chia leaves (fresh or dried) steeped in boiling water, make a therapeutic chia tea. Use the tea as a blood cleanser and tonic, for fevers, pain relief, arthritis, respiratory problems, mouth ulcers, diabetes, diarrhea, gargle for inflamed throats, to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to strengthen the nervous system. Try the tea sweetened with honey and a few drops of lemon juice added.
Other Chia Beverages
Try chia as a refreshing breakfast drink. Mix 1 teaspoon seeds (rich in soluble fiber), in a glass of orange juice and let the seed soak for 10 minutes, before drinking. The drink will give a feeling of satisfaction and fullness for a number of hours.
For a refreshing chia beverage, soak 1 teaspoon chia seed in 1 cup of hot water and 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey and a pinch of cinnamon powder.
Chia Lemonade: Soak 2 teaspoons chia seed for 1 hour in 3/4 glass apple juice, then add 2 teaspoons lemon juice and crushed ice.
Chia Honey Chews
Melt 1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup honey and simmer 5 minutes. Take off heat, add 1/4 cup chia seed, soaked in 1/4 cup water 12 hours, 1/2 cup flax seeds and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 12 to 24 hours and drained; add 4 cups puffed millet, or rice bubbles or cornflakes, 1/2 cup coconut; mix well, press into a tin. This mixture needs to be fairly dry, so that it can be pressed down, firmly, in the tin, to set. If too moist, add a little more of the millet, rice or cornflakes. Cool. Refrigerate 1 day to let the flavors blend, cut into squares. Sesame seeds could be substituted for chia.
Chia is ideal for anyone who wishes to achieve maximum health. And it has the convenience of a seed that is easily integrated in any diet. Everyone can eat chia. And frankly, everyone should.
Fast Chia Breakfasts
Chia is so easy to use that there is no need to whip up a special recipe to enjoy it. Simply add it to your current favorite breakfast foods. Following are some ideas.
- Sprinkle up to 1 tablespoon of chia, depending on your taste, over cold cereal or a bowl of oatmeal.
- Layer fruit, yogurt, and a sprinkle of chia seeds into a glass for a breakfast parfait.
- Add chia to your favorite pancake or waffle recipe (or mix).
- Sprinkle chia onto waffles before cooking or onto pancakes before turning.
- Add a dusting of chia seeds to an omelet before turning it out of the pan.
- Spoon scrambled eggs, salsa, black beans, and chia seeds into a tortilla before rolling to make a healthy breakfast wrap.
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