Chia seeds are very small but jam packed with nutrition. The Chia seed is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica, that has its ancestral roots in central Mexico and Guatemala, and is grown commercially throughout Central and South America and dates back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength and folklore tells us that these seeds were used as an energy booster. Given its nutritional profile, this makes sense. Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3s, Iron, protein, fiber, calcium, and important antioxidants.
That being said, if you haven’t started eating Chia seeds, you are going to want to start now. These nutritious seeds can be eaten in many different ways, but in this article I am going to share with you my favorite Chia seed recipes!
1. Chia seeds and orange juice pudding
In my most recent Instagram Cooking Live, I tested out a recipe based on the recommendations of a scientific article that I read. I will speak on that more in another blog post but basically the idea was this: There are 2 different forms of iron - heme iron and non heme iron. Heme iron is the easily absorbed form of iron that is available in meats like beef. Non-heme iron is the form of iron that is available in plant based sources of iron, like chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, legumes, etc. This article went on to say that the reason some vegans suffer from an iron deficiency is because they are not eating enough non-heme iron to make up for the difference in absorption from these forms of iron. In order to combat this, if you decide to be vegan and eat a diet that is predominantly consuming non-heme forms of iron, then you need to combine them with foods that are high in vitamin C and vitamin A to enhance your body’s ability to digest this form of iron. As a result, I created this recipe following that recommendation from this article. Here is the recipe:
3 tbsp of Chia seeds
1/2 cup of freshly pressed orange juice (or your choice of orange juice but I highly recommend fresh and raw)
Pour the 3 tablespoons of Chia seeds in a bowl and add the orange juice.
Allow to sit for 20 minutes, and your meal is done! Quick and easy and delicious! You will be surprised at how delicious this is and yet so simple to make.
2. Chia seeds, bananas, and almond milk pudding
6 tbsp of Chia seeds
1 cup of Almond milk
1 ripe banana sliced
Pour the 6 tablespoons of Chia seeds into a bowl along with 1 cup of Almond milk. Allow to sit for 20 - 30 minutes. Serve with the sliced bananas and yum!
1000 mL of Unsweetened Almond milk
1-2 tbsps of Baker’s Cocoa
2 tbsps of Chia seeds
Pour all of the ingredients into a blender and stir. Voila! A delicious smoothie that not only is packed with protein, but curbs any sweet cravings.
4. Pumpkin Chia Cups
3 cups of raw pumpkin
3 tbsps of Chia seeds
1 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
Cinnamon to taste
Bake the pumpkin at 350 degrees until it is soft. Allow to cool enough but that it is still warm. Put the pumpkin in a food processor to blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Enjoy!
5. Carrot and Chia Drink
1 bag of raw carrots
3 tbsps of Chia seeds
Clean, and peel the carrots and cut off the ends. Juice the entire bag of carrots. The juice that is created from this is then mixed with the 3 tablespoons of Chia seeds. Drink immediately. There you have it! A refreshing, nutritious drink! Ideal for the summer months.
There you have it, 5 different recipes. I hope you enjoyed this article. If you happen to make it, tell me all about it in the comments below. Please don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list, and follow me on Instagram, and TikTok. Thank you for reading this article and I wish you an amazing rest of your day!
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