Chia Seed Recipes and Ideas

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-04-16 01:11:58 -0500
Started 2012-04-03 18:25:58 -0500

Here's some more interesting ideas about how to use Chia seeds and a group of tasty sounding recipes. This information will get you started using chia seeds with confidence and also to give you some ideas on how to be more creative using them in your own recipes.

Cooking with chia seeds is easy, fun and very healthy. Chia seeds are tiny, hard and have a subtle nut-like flavor when chewed, but they have the unique property of absorbing liquid. When stirred into liquid they soften and absorb 9-12 times their own weight of the liquid. They take on the taste of whatever liquid they are placed in, which makes them ideal to use as a thickener in all sorts of recipes.

The high omega fat content of the seeds makes them useful as a substitute for butter or eggs in baking, which can cut down on calories and adds to their versatility. You can use black, white, or mixed seeds, although its often easier to get black seeds. The nutritional value is roughly the same, no matter what colour seed you buy.

When you add chia seeds to your diet, you will soon begin to see the results. They are a true superfood, a powerhouse of nutrition. Most people soon notice an increase in energy, clearer thinking, and a calmer, happier mood. The high fiber content aids regularity in a natural, gentle way.

After a couple of months you should notice clearer skin and more glossy hair, a result of the high omega 3 content of the seeds. Because chia seeds digest slowly they make you feel fuller longer which can be an aid to weight loss.

One to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds per day is a good amount for an adult. Children have less, say half to one tablespoon per day. As with any new food, its best to start off with a small amount and gradually build up. There are no known allergic responses to this food.

About the recipes:
In general you will need to hydrate the seeds (ie make a gel) before adding the seeds to any recipe. There are instructions for making and using chia gel on the site. There is information on how to make chia puddings of various kinds and chia drinks including chia fresca and smoothies.

There is information on how to make and use ground chia, how to make cookies and pancakes using ground chia, plus recipes for main courses, soups, desserts and others including chia pinole, and a chia pan bread, together with simple ideas on how to use chia seeds in your everyday cooking. There are recipes for both sweet and savory dishes. and many recipes are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and raw food enthusiasts.

Please enjoy these chia seed recipes that are available on the webpage connected to this link. The listing of recipes appears in the right hand column of the webpage.

9 replies

jayabee52 2012-04-04 00:08:50 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing that Carol! I am wondering where one could find chia seeds? I want to start experementing.

pixsidust 2012-04-15 23:11:39 -0500 Report

Vitamin Grocer online is the cheapest I found $6.82 for 12 oz. $4.99 flat rate shipping for your whole order that can have multiple packages

Caroltoo 2012-04-15 23:50:02 -0500 Report

Thanks, Pixsi. I think mine were about $7.95 per pound, but everything is more here because of shipping costs. We have some agriculture, but most food is shipped or flown in.

pixsidust 2012-04-16 00:13:49 -0500 Report

the online comparison showed it without shipping but on the site it has shipping costs. I edited my reply

Caroltoo 2012-04-04 00:23:46 -0500 Report

I got mine at Down to Earth, my local health food store. I'm cooking with them and have made a gel which I put in my salad dressing, but I can't get these to sprout. I made a chicken soup with them today. May actually post that recipe, if I can write it down while I still recall the details. I never measure anything, so trying to write a recipe is pure guess work for me.

Google Chia and you will find a number of companies that sell them online. Both sites mentioned in these two discussions also sell them.

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