We know from previous TCM articles that chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses, high in protein, fiber and omega-3s. We also know that chia seeds contain an abundant source of antioxidants that fight free radicals that lead to disease or aging. Here are a variety of ways that you can easily incorporate this wonderful food into your daily regimen:
Add to your oatmeal
Don't want to spend the money on a fancy, super-grain oatmeal packed with chia and flax? No worries! Buy cost-effective oats (I buy gluten-free oats, which I find a great deal on at Trader Joe's) and simply add chia to the mixture. You can add before or after you cook the oats, though I like to mix in after so that the seeds absorb some of the water.
Top over greek yogurt
Want a little extra crunch with your greek yogurt? Granola can be expensive and even fattening, especially the ones that are packed with sugar. Instead, top with chia seeds and fresh fruit. You can also add goji berries (which promote healthy skin) or pumpkin seeds (which are great for immunity and can help promote a restful sleep.)
Soak to create chia pudding
Chia seed pudding is a delicious breakfast choice when you're seeking a healthy option. Although there are so many different types you can make - from PB&J to Matcha - I prefer the basic, vanilla kind. All you have to do is blend 2 cups of coconut milk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. of honey (or maple syrup) and 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon then whisk in 1/2 cup of chia seeds. I use Navitas Naturals chia seeds, which Jet.com has a great deal on. Pour the mixture in a glass container (or mason jar) and let the mixture refrigerate overnight. I top the pudding with crushed almonds and blueberries before enjoying.
Throw it in your smoothie
One of my favorite smoothie recipes contains chia. Here's the recipe:
- a handful of spinach
- 1 tsp. of spirulina
- a handful of berries (whatever I have in the house)
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp. of honey
- a capful of bee pollen
- 1 tbsp. of chia.