Have you tried chia seed recipes yet? This super food which you may remember as the Chia pet is a great addition into your healthy and easy recipes. This versatile seed can be used in puddings, smoothies, soups, sprinkled on foods like salad and much more.
The texture when dry may remind you of a poppy seed and once it has soaked in liquid it will be more similar to tapioca pudding, if you blend it and drink right away you won’t know that it’s even there. You can sprinkle on top of your cereal, vegetables, salads or anywhere else that you would use other seeds or nuts for a burst of protein and omega's!
I haven’t experimented with it yet but you can also use this seed as an egg re-placer, as it turns into a gel when combined with liquid. Simply use a tablespoon of Chia’s with 3 tablespoons of water. Let the mixture sit for approx. 10 to 15 minutes then use in your recipe as you would an egg or you can even drink this mixture for a quick protein snack and energy boost. This mixture is also similar to using flax as an egg re-placer.
So why is the chia seed so great? This edible seed is said to increase your energy and additionally it is packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, antioxidants, magnesium and calcium.
One of my favorite ways to use this super food is in a smoothie recipe as it helps keep you full longer. When in a hurry I will simply just mix into a cup with protein powder for a more filling and satisfying drink. Chia seeds also make a great addition to a cookie recipe, try this one using sunbutter.
To make this quick and easy drink combine all ingredients into a blender (lightly pull apart spinach or kale and place toward bottom of the blender). Next pulse your blender to start to combine then leave on to blend until all ingredients are combined.
Note: I currently have an Oster blender and it blends greens just fine, however you may need to rip kale or greens into smaller pieces with your hands and place towards bottom of blender with liquid to make the greens a little easier to blend.
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