Chia seeds are one of the easiest superfoods to incorporate into your diet because they don’t have an overpowering flavour meaning they slip effortlessly into all sorts of meal types.
In some dishes, you might not even realise that they’re there, but your body will as they’re such a good source of protein, omega-3 fats, calcium, iron, magnesium and other essential minerals.
Whether you decide to have your chia seeds form part of your main meals or snacks is up to you, but to give you some ideas of what you can rustle up, take a look below. All of our recipes ideas are suitable for cooks of all abilities and shouldn’t require many ingredients.
1. Make chia pudding with blueberries or dried goji berries
Take 40 grams of Chia Bia 100 Natural Whole Chia Seed, soak in 230ml of almond milk or coconut milk. After twenty minutes, your pudding will be ready to eat, but you might want to make it extra special by adding a handful of blueberries or some dried goji berries.
You can make your chia pudding chocolatey by stirring in a teaspoon of cacao powder. Check out this recipe for a delicious Chocolate & Chia Dessert.
2. Add chia seeds to a strawberry and banana smoothie
If you already enjoy making your own smoothies at home, simply add some Clever Chia Seeds to supercharge it. Alternatively, try whipping up a delicious strawberry and banana smoothie. You’ll need to whisk 2 tablespoons of chia seeds into 120ml of almond milk and leave in your fridge for fifteen minutes.
In a blender, add 240ml of almond milk to 1 large frozen banana (sliced) and 200g of frozen strawberries (sliced). Blend well before adding the chia seed mixture. Blend until smooth and then pour into a tall glass. Great for breakfast or as a treat during the day.
3. Use Chia seeds to create energy-filled porridge
Take a bowl of steaming hot porridge and top with chia seeds, chopped dates and apricots. Not only will it taste delicious but it’ll give you an energy boost.
Try this Banana Overnight Oats recipe using chia seeds.
4. Boost your trail mix with energy-filled chia seeds
To make yourself a healthy trail mix to snack on, you just need to combine 50g of mixed seeds, 50g dried cranberries and 25g of almonds with 3 tablespoons of Organic Coconut Nectar.
Scatter on a baking tray and toast in your oven for five minutes. The hard part will be rationing yourself so you don’t eat too much in one sitting.
5. Add chia seeds to give your salad an extra crunch
Whether you tend to have a basic garden salad with lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes or a Mediterranean salad with peppers, chickpeas and purple onion, toss in some Clever Chia Seeds to give your salad some extra crunch. Alternatively, you could have a go at making your own Chia vinaigrette.
6. Use them as an egg substitute
Thanks to their ability to easily absorb water and form a glutinous gel, chia seeds can be used as a healthy substitute for eggs and fats in recipes. They can also be used as a thickener in sauces, replacing the flour and as a breadcrumb coating when cooking spicy bean burgers and eggplant fries.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to check out our recipe for vanilla and strawberry chia seed pudding. It’s so quick to make and tasty that it could quickly become a firm favourite in your household.
Last updated: 19 January 2021