Saturday, January 14, 2017

Easy Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

If you've spent any time at all reading about superfoods that help you lose weight while bolstering your health in numerous other ways, you probably already know a bit about chia seeds. If you haven't, well, it's time you get the info on this super-food!

Easy Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet
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Chia seeds deliver omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium to your diet, and they have practically no flavor, (many people say they have no flavor, but I can taste them in certain things, and while it's pleasant enough as a flavor, to me, it doesn't go with anything) but they are great because you can add them to almost anything. 

Easy Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet

Chia Pudding: Soak them overnight in milk, sweeten with honey, and top with fruit for a creamy dessert. You can also do this with chocolate milk, but they do seem to require a longer soaking time. Note, however, that you can grind them before soaking and this reduces the soaking time.

Sprinkle Chia Seeds on Salads: Chia seeds are a great addition to a chef's salad, just sprinkle them, either whole or ground, on top of the salad dressing. It's eye-catching and the seeds add a pleasing texture.

Chia Seeds Turn Comfort Food Into Health Food: Sprinkle a generous layer of chia on top of mac and cheese, biscuits and gravy, chicken and noodles, or pretty much any carb-rich comfort food to add fiber and protein. You can also add the seeds during the preparation if you want them to be less obvious.

Chia Seeds on Your Fast Food: That's right, you can sprinkle chia seeds on your favorite fast food burgers to make them a little healthier to eat - so you don't have to worry about your favorite grease-burger ruining your diet. One easy way to handle this is to keep a (sealed) salt-shaker filled with ground chia seeds in your purse or in the car so you have it with you whenever you want to eat out.

I've tried all of these, and liked them all. My favorites were the salad with whole chia seed sprinkled on top and the biscuits and gravy with ground up chia seeds sprinkled on top. My least favorite, while still pleasant enough, was the chia chocolate milk pudding. It had a 'green' taste to me, but everyone else who tried it said it was good, so, if you try it, I would love to hear what you think. Laure J

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