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Chia seeds, the black and white, teeny tiny seeds have taken the world of weight loss by storm. These are the first things recommended when talking about wanting to lose weight nowadays. Chia seeds are a powerhouse of fibre, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which in some way or the other promote weight loss. But the question is how to eat chia seeds?
Many of us have heard the benefits of chia seeds, tried them, and stopped eating them after a day or two. These seeds swell up when soaked in water and many people find it difficult to eat them because of their slimy texture. But let us tell you how to eat chia seeds innovatively!
For all the tea lovers in the house, this is the best way to include chia seeds in your diet. It is tasty, healthy, and refreshing at the same time. You can have your own bubble tea with these seeds!
Pick any kind of tea leaves/teabag you like (green, black, oolong, etc.), boil them in water, strain the tea and keep it aside to let it cool down. Don’t add chia seeds to the hot tea or they will clump. Add chia seeds to your tea and stir nicely. Refrigerate the tea for at least 2 hours and have it chilled! You can also add lemon, ginger, lemongrass, or even add cut-up fruits to the tea.
Smoothies are best to have for your breakfast or as a healthy evening snack, especially in the summer as they help you cool down. This recipe is best for people who really detest the texture of chia seeds, as they get blended right up in the smoothie, to never be seen again.
Chia seeds can be added to the smoothie of any fruit, so take the fruit of your choice (apple, banana, mango, blueberries, strawberries, etc.) and chop them up roughly. Add the fruits, milk, yogurt, ice, and a spoonful of chia seeds to a blender and blend until smooth. Top up with some more fruits and chia seeds, if you like, and enjoy it!
If you prefer having oatmeal for your breakfast, you are already on the right path to a healthy life. But adding chia seeds to it will make your breakfast more fulfilling and nutritious? Besides, did you know that chia seeds are good for hair?
Put oatmeal, chia seeds, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and milk into a pot. Stir the mixture and bring it to a boil. You can add milk to achieve your desired consistency. Simmer the heat and let the oats become soft in texture. Add some sugar or honey and turn off the stove. Garnish it with walnuts or fruits and your chia seed oatmeal is ready to eat!
Chia seeds are natural thickeners and hence, are amazing to prepare salad dressings, giving them the perfect consistency. This recipe by Jessica Gavin will give your boring salad a zest of nutrition, taste, and colour.
Blend some cherries, orange juice, orange zest, and lemon juice until you get a smooth puree. Add some olive oil, a pinch of salt, and a spoonful of chia seeds to the puree and blend for another 10-20 seconds. Allow the dressing to sit in the blender while you prepare the salad. Garnish your salad with the chia seed dressing and enjoy!
Protein bars are nothing but a healthier form of our chikki! With chia seeds added to them, these become more wholesome. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time for breakfast, just grab one of these and you are all set to go.
Blend some unsalted almonds and pistachios for about 30-40 seconds. Add pitted dates and raisins to the mixture and blend again. Next add unflavoured protein powder, a spoonful of chia seeds, unsweetened applesauce, and olive oil/coconut oil, and blend for another 30 seconds. Pour out the mixture on a cutting board, cover it with parchment paper and cut it into 6-8 pieces. Freeze them for an hour and they will be ready to eat!
So, ladies now that you know 5 different ways of how to add chia seeds in your diet, try these recipes! You can make them for your family too, and they won’t even realize that they have eaten chia seeds!
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