Glimpse into Foodie Friday; week 10 2014 – chia seeds
Chia seeds are amazing little things. They can be used as a gelatinous gel when soaked in water to replace eggs in baking, in smoothies to make them thick, as crusts and coatings, in puddings for a healthy twist, in breakfasts for an extra hit of nutrients…so many options for such tiny seeds! They are tasteless, but provide a great texture to foods.
Did you know that it is a member of the mint family?
Berry and poppy seed cake
Choc nut cookies
Nut, seed banana bread
I have a couple of new recipes to post soon too which include chia seeds, so keep an eye out for them.
It is recommended to have 15g/ one tablespoon of chia a day, and ensure you maintain a good water intake due to the high fibre content.
You can easily find chia seeds in most supermarkets now, or health food shops. They can be found in white, brown, grey and black varieties; you can use whichever takes your fancy! These seeds can keep for up to four years in a cool, dry place in an airtight container, due to the high antioxidant levels.
If you are not convinced yet to give these a go, then you must not be too keen to improve your health! They can do so much good for you, and all you need to do is sprinkle one tablespoon into a meal each day.