Maybe you’re already sold on the idea of incorporating chia seeds into your diet, but execution is a whole other story. Have I got great news for you! It’s pretty dang easy to get some chia in your life, and this post will give you a good idea of where to start- even if your culinary talent doesn’t rock the Richter scale.
It might be bold of me to open with this one, but I swear I’m not cheating. Raw chia works well in a trail mix or snack mix. You can also use it to add some crunch to a yogurt or salad. I’ve seen suggestions of putting it in apple juice, though I haven’t tried that yet. Chia, like basil seeds, forms a gel coating in the presence of water, so I imagine it’s a bit like drinking boba tea.
Personally, I’m a raisin guy, so whenever I’m about to tune in to a marathon of Criminal Minds, I open up a bag of raisins and toss in a bunch of chia seeds. Craisins are excellent for variety.
2. As an Egg replacement
As I mentioned before, chia forms a gel in the presence of water. You can actually use this gel as a substitute for a lot of things depending on how thick or runny you make the gel. A ratio of 1 tablespoon of chia to 1/4 cup of water makes a gel that is a great substitute for eggs.
3. In a cookie
Yup! In fact, Life’s Healthy Pleasures sells chia cookies by the bountiful box-full. I keep a full box in fridge for emergencies (e.g. Hurry up! Criminal Minds is starting!).