Chia Seed Information and Recipes
Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Healthy Dessert Recipes
The chia seed is known to some via the infamous chia pet but don't overlook this nutritious food as just a decoration.
Chia has a long history of being used as a staple food by many cultures including the Incan, Mayan and Aztecs.
The word chia actually translates as meaning strength in the Mayan language.
Chia is a member of the sage family (salvia hispanica) and its little black and white seeds are an ancient and very nutrient rich food.
Chia is a complete protein in an easily digestible form. The chia seed contains essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6), anti-oxidants and a range of vitamins and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, magnesium, sulphur, iodine, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, silicon and vitamins A, B, E and D.
Chia seeds and chia seed recipes have many benefits including being;
- nutritionally dense
- easy to digest
- a natural appetite suppressant making it great for weight loss
- leveling to blood sugar
- aids intestinal regularity
- extremely hydrating
- beneficial in the absorption of nutrients
- beneficial in balancing electrolytes
- great for energy and endurance
Because of chia's hydrophilic properties, it can absorb 10-12 times it's weight in liquid. This makes it an extremely hydrating food. Great when travelling on a plane, living in a dry climate or at times of exertion.
The seeds can be used dry to sprinkle in soups, salads, smoothies etc. Or you can soak chia to make a chia gel that can then be used as is or in a myriad of recipes.
This wonderful seed can be purchased at most healthy grocery stores or you can click one of the following link to purchase:
USA based supplier for Chia Seeds
UK based supplier for Chia Seeds
Below are some amazing recipes using the chia seed. As this site grows I will continue to add to this list. Check back often or subscribe to this site to know when anything new is added.
Use only organic and fresh ingredients in all your recipes and be sure to start each recipe with LOVE - it is the secret ingredient that will take all your recipes to the next level.
Aside from chia, which has been described above, more information on other things used in the following recipes is at the bottom of this page.
Basic Chia Seed Gel
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups water
Add seeds to water and whisk together to avoid clumping. Let sit covered for at least 10 minutes but a few hours is better. By leaving it longer more of the nutrition in the seeds will become accessible.
The chia will absorb the water and the result will be a highly nutritious gel. This gel will stay good for up to 3 weeks, covered and in the fridge. It is very convenient to make this gel ahead of time and have it ready in your fridge to add to smoothies, salad dressings, puddings, drinks, etc.
Use your imagination to create wonderful recipes using this chia gel. Because the taste is very mild on its own, it will blend well with a variety of ingredients.
Chia Pudding or Chia Porridge (makes 2 servings)
This chia seed recipe makes a wonderfully sweet dish that can be served as a healthy breakfast porridge or as a sweet pudding dessert.
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp lucuma powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice - date syrup is a nice option to keep this recipe 100% raw)
Make almond milk using directions found here. Add shredded coconut, lucuma powder and maple syrup to almond milk and whisk or blend together.
|Recipe note: You have now made a sweet almond milk which is delicious on its own or as a base for smoothies|
Add chia and whisk together to avoid clumping. Cover and let sit for at least 20 minutes but longer, even overnight (in the fridge) is better. Garnish with a sweet cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of cinnamon powder and enjoy.
Use your imagination to make this recipe your own. You can add raisins, goji berries, other dried fruit, walnuts or other nuts. Maca powder, vanilla powder, mesquite powder, cacao powder can be added. You can substitute almond milk with hemp milk, any other nut or seed milk or even apple or another fruit juice.
The options are endless, play and enjoy!
Orange Chia Pudding with Blueberries
- 2.5 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp raw honey (or sweetener of your choice - date syrup is a nice option to keep this recipe 100% vegan)
- 1.5 tbsp raw almond butter
- 2 tsp shredded coconut
- 2 tsp lucuma powder
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp vanilla powder
- pinch of sea salt
- fresh blueberries and bee pollen
Blend all ingredients except chia seeds, blueberries and bee pollen in a blender (I use a Vitamix blender). Pour this blended orange juice mixture into a bowl and whisk in chia seeds (whisk to avoid clumping). Let sit for a few hours to allow the chia seeds to absorb the liquid making a thick pudding (if you want a thinner pudding you can use less chia seeds).
At time of serving top with fresh blueberries, a sprinkle of bee pollen and enjoy!
Chia Lemon Drink or Chia Fresca
This is a great drink to hydrate and replace electrolytes. This is still a very common drink today in Mexico.
- 10 oz water
- 2-3 tsp chia seeds
- juice of one lemon or lime (or half and half)
- 1-2 tsp orange juice (optional)
- honey or sweetener of choice (optional)
Mix together water, chia, and lemon juice. Stir well. This can be drank right away or you can let it sit a little to allow the chia to expand.
Optionally you can add honey or a sweetener of your choice if you want your drink sweeter. Adding a mixture of lemon, lime or orange juice (freshly squeezed) will add different dimensions of flavour to your drink.
This is one of the most refreshing and satisfying drinks when you are thirsty. Enjoy!
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS MENTIONED:
Lucuma Powder is the powder of the dried lucuma fruit. It is high in nutrients including beta-carotene, niacin and iron and has a wonderfully light sweet taste and aroma. This is a great option for a low glycemic sweetener. Click one of the following links to learn more and/or to purchase:
USA based supplier for Lucuma Powder
UK based supplier for Lucuma Powder
Date Syrup is easy to make. Pit and soak dates in water for at least an hour. Can use the soak water alone for a light syrup or blend soaked dates together with soak water in blender for heavier syrup. Adjust water to adjust heaviness of syrup. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Maca Powder is a powdered root that has amazing health benefits. It is known to balance hormone levels, increase libido and enhance strength and stamina just to name a few. It has a malt like taste and aroma. Click one of the following links to learn more and/or to purchase:
USA based supplier for Maca
UK based supplier for Maca
Vanilla Powder is a great alternative to vanilla extract as there is no alcohol used and the flavour and smell cannot be matched. Click one of the following links to learn more and/or to purchase:
USA based supplier for Vanilla Powder
UK based supplier for Vanilla Powder
Bee Pollen has been known for thousands of years as a very nutrient dense food and was historically used for its stamina and strength giving properties. It is a great source of protein containing all essential amino acids. Please act responsibly when obtaining bee pollen and be sure to only obtain from a reliable, kind and sustainable source. Bees are very important to the health of our planet; they and the amazing products they produce need to be respected and treated with care. There may be some that have an allergy to bee pollen. To learn more about and/or to purchase bee pollen, click here.
Vitamix Blender is a very powerful high speed blender that is fantastic for making healthy raw food recipes. To learn more about and/or to purchase the Vitamix Blender, click here.
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