How And Why You Should Be Using Chia Seeds
These ancient seeds are a healing superfood, and they are easy to add into your diet. Read this post to learn all about how and why you should be using chia seeds. Be sure to scroll down for some great recipes…
I’ve been eating chia puddings for years… way before I knew how good chia seeds are for our health. Honestly, I love the taste of this creamy pudding; it’s like dessert for breakfast. I think this love affair stems from the fact that I used to love rice pudding when I was a child but my digestion can’t handle rice or dairy any more. To me, a good-flavored chia pudding is like the rice puddings of my childhood.
And a great benefit for me is that chia seeds keep me full. If I have eggs or a more traditional breakfast in the morning, I am usually hungry in a few hours. But, if I have chia pudding, or a smoothie or a bowl with chia seeds in it, I’m satiated until lunch. This is a big win for someone like me who is always hungry…
Chia seeds are ancient seeds that got their name from the Mayan word for “strength”. These tiny seeds have the unique ability to turn liquid into a gel-like substance when making puddings and they are great added to smoothies and shakes. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. And, because they are so high in antioxidants, they help keep your skin looking younger. They help optimize both your digestive system and your cardiovascular system. So, they are good for your gut and for your heart and for your skin and for weight management… awesome little seeds they are!
These tiny powerhouses are a great source of protein and are low in calories. They are also a good source of calcium — this is really awesome, especially if you eat a dairy-free diet as I do.
Scroll down for some awesome recipes using chia seeds — I know you’ll become a chia fan too!
There are so many foods you can eat to keep your skin looking youthful — chia seeds are just one of them. To learn more about how to keep your skin looking great, download my free ebook all about youthful looking skin.
Simple Recipes Using Chia Seeds
1. Birthday Cake Chia Pudding
This Birthday Cake Chia Pudding is the recipe I use when I’m introducing chia pudding to someone who thinks they won’t like it. It tastes like a delicious vanilla pudding — and there are sprinkles on top.
2. Crispy Buffalo Chicken Fingers
One of my favorite ways to slip chia seeds into your diet is by mixing them into whatever I am coating my chicken in. These Crispy Buffalo Chicken Fingers are just that. They are crispy. They are grain-free. And they have seeds in the coating. The kid in you will love these… and so will your actual kids.
3. Blueberry Orange Chia Pudding
This one is my personal favorite. I love to make this Blueberry Orange Chia Pudding in tiny mason jars. I give them out as parting gifts and I serve them at events.
4. Sprouted Grain Chicken Cutlets
I make these Sprouted Grain Chicken Cutlets more often than any other recipe. The coating is made out of sprouted grain cereal mixed with seeds and spices. I make a big platter of it and top the cutlets differently each time for many variations of chicken Milanese. It is so good!
For more ways to use chia seeds and for more information about them, Mind Body Green has a great article on their site.
If you make any of these chia seed recipes, please be sure to let me know in the comments below. I love hearing how you like a recipe, and I love to answer your questions! If you make it, be sure to take a photo and tag me and post it on Instagram.