Packed in puddings and sprinkled on muesli – chia seeds have become a breakfast staple for many of us. But few people are aware that these nutritional powerhouses can fuel you well into the PM.
Calorie for calorie, chia seeds are one of the world’s best sources of several essential nutrients. On top of that impressive nutritional profile, they’re also far more versatile than you might think.
It’s time to mix up your meal prep game and make use of chia seeds beyond breakfast time.
Love a lunchtime sanga? Bake your own loaf (trust us, it’s easier than it sounds) with extra fibre, omega-3s and antioxidants by adding The Chia Co. chia seeds to the mix. Top it with salad, sauerkraut and smashed avo or, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, slather those slices with homemade chia jam.
When it comes to keeping hangry-ness at bay, the best defence is a good offence. That means plenty of protein-rich snacks, proven to keep you fuller for longer. Chia seeds offer six grams of protein per two tablespoon serving and can be baked into muffins or added into energy balls.
Here are some simple ways to incorporate chia seeds into a range of delicious dinners.
These nutrient-rich morsels have a jelly-like consistency when combined with liquid, so they can help thicken marinades.
Chia seeds also work as a binding agent, so they make a great egg-alternative. Add a tablespoon to vegan black bean burgers or your mum’s favourite meatloaf recipe.
You can also give your chicken, fish and meat a crusty, fibre-filled coating by adding chia seeds to your regular spice mix.
Put. Down. The. Pudding. There are plenty of other options when it comes to chia-based desserts. One example? Try making crunchy coconut clusters by mixing chia seeds, toasted flakes, pepitas and maple syrup together, forming small balls, and toasting until golden brown.