Widely cultivated and considered as important as maize (corn) to Aztec cultures, “chia” is an old Mayan word for “strength.” Which is a perfect name for it, considering all the benefits you get from such tiny things.
It has a mild, nutty flavor; a very subtle taste which makes them a great complement to both sweet and savory dishes.
Chia seeds are one of the easiest superfoods to incorporate into your diet. You can sprinkle them raw on salads, yogurts, oatmeal, puddings, smoothies, and soups. You can stir them in marinades, salad dressings, dips, sauces, muffin batter, bread, etc. It works so well with nearly everything!
A popular way to use chia seeds is to make chia seed pudding. It’s an easy and tasty way to get those nutrients in, and works as a breakfast food or as a snack. A basic way to make it is:
A superfood for a reason, chia seeds are packed with nutrients. It’s rich in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, calcium, and antioxidants. It’s also a great source of Omega-3, and it’s gluten-free! Chia seeds increase energy levels, builds stronger bones, support the heart and digestive systems, keeps skin healthy, helps detoxification, and helps in weight loss.
There are so many benefits to adding chia seeds in your diet, and it’s so easy to do it, too!
Store your chia seeds in a tightly closed container in the pantry. If moisture is kept out, the maximum storage time for good flavor is 2-4 years.