If this is the first you are hearing about chia seeds I am SO excited to introduce you to such a unique food. We have been using chia in our home for a long time now. To the kids, they are “sprinkles” (along with hemp seeds & flax seeds) and to me they are DELICIOUS. They are such an easy thing to throw into many recipes, especially for little ones. I hope that you learn how to use chia seeds and choose to explore them!
If you are new to chia seeds, this is what they look like:
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Aren’t they fun?! They look kind of like little bugs or dinosaur eggs but I promise you they are WORTH adding into your diet. Let me share a little about WHY we have chosen to use chia seeds for the last decade.
Full of nutrients in a tiny little package
In 1 ounce of chia seeds you are getting:
- 4.4g of protein
- 10.6g of fiber
- 177 mg of Calcium (18% DV)
- 8.6g of fat (13% DV coming partially from omegas which is AWESOME)
- 30% DV of Manganese
- 27% DV of Phosphorus
HIGH IN PLANT-BASED PROTEIN & AMINO ACIDS
If you read my previous post about plant-based proteins, you may remember me talking about plant foods that contain high amounts of protein but specifically mentioning those classified as COMPLETE proteins.
Well friends, chia seeds are one of those COMPLETE proteins!
And while they only contain “a small amount” of protein per ounce, once you see the list of AMAZING ways to incorporate chia seeds, you’ll see that the protein count can quickly add up.
Filling & Convenient
When I know I will be out and about and have limited time to grab food, I make sure to have something with chia seeds to help curb my hunger. Typically I will scoop some into a mason jar, add ice, water (or juice if you prefer), and fruit, put on the lid, and go. When you do this and shake periodically until the chia seeds get gelatinous, they make a lovely and filling drink!
Another thing is that they are convenient. You don’t need to cook them or even grind them (although some people prefer this – I find it unnecessary) They even make chia in adorable little travel sized containers! What a great way to always have a protein source with you.
You can also grab bars like these for 12g of protein! (ps: use the code “realisticplantbasedmama” for 30% off!)
How to use Chia Seeds
Let’s get into the fun stuff…RECIPES! There are so many unique ways to utilize chia and I’ll share a handful of them below.
- Overnight Oats
- Homemade granola
- Store-bought items like: mamma chia pouches, granola bars, and hazelnut spread.
Basic uses for chia seeds:
- Sprinkle on ALL varieties of toast
- Add to a smoothie bowl
- Mix in with oatmeal
- As an egg replacer (called a “chia egg”)
You may be asking yourself if you really need to include these in your diet. No, you don’t. But if you follow a plant-based vegan diet, they are an easy way to add protein, especially for little ones!
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Have you had chia seeds before? How do you use them?
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