Chia seeds are tiny black or white seeds from the plant Salvia hispanica
They are loaded with fibre, Poly Unsaturated Fatty acids (PUFA), calcium and protein. They help in constipation, reduces inflammation and lowers blood cholesterol.
You can have 1 ounce (2 Tbsps. or 28 grams) of chia seeds in a day. 1 Tblsp of chia seeds contain 5 grams of fibre. These tiny seeds swell and can hold up to 10 times more water than their dry weight and hence, keep you fuller for long.
1 ounce of chia seeds
Calories: 137, F: 9 g, C:12 g, P: 5g calcium: 180 mgs
Chia Lemon water
Drinking chia seeds water in the morning can give a boost to your digestion and improve bowel movement. Add 1 tblsp of chia seeds in first half litres of your water with 1 tblsp lemon juice. The chia seeds provide all the energy you need to start your day right. With such less calories they won’t make a dent into your daily calorie budget. The lemon juice will boost your immune system with vitamin C.
Chia Seed Jam
Simply add about 2 cups of fruit (fresh) to a saucepan over medium – high heat. The fruit should quickly begin to warm up and break down. Then you can mash it with a potato masher until it reaches your desired consistency. I like my jam to have a few chunks of fruit, instead of being completely smooth. Then sprinkle in 2 tblsp of chia seeds, and give them a good stir until combined. Remove from heat and the jam will start t0 thicken quickly as it cools. Add 1 tblsp of lemon juice and give the jam one final good stir. Serve immediately or transfer to a glass bottle and refrigerate.
Fruits that will work well in the jam are plums, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, kiwis, raspberries etc.
My 5 overnight Chia Pudding recipes for you:
Chia seeds puddings are super simple, quick and easy. They make perfect breakfast options.
1) Coffee Chia Pudding
In a jar add 2 tblsp chia seeds, 1/4th Cup coffee, 1 tblsp honey, ½ cup oat milk. Wisk well and refrigerate overnight. Next morning top it up with chopped pecans.
2) Blueberry Lemon Chia Pudding
In a jar add 2 tblsp chia seeds, 1/4th cup blueberries, 1/8th tsp lemon zest, ½ cup almond milk. Wisk well and refrigerate overnight. Next morning top it up with blueberries and chopped almonds.
3) Chia Coconut Pudding
In a jar add 2 tblsp chia seeds, 1/8th cup freshly grated coconut, ½ cup coconut milk. Wisk well and refrigerate overnight. Next morning top it up with grated coconut and chopped almonds.
4) Chia Strawberry Pudding
In a jar add 2 tblsp chia seeds, ½ cup mashed strawberries, 200 ml oat milk. Wisk well and refrigerate overnight. Next morning top it up with strawberry and chopped walnuts.
5) Matcha Chia Pudding
In a jar, add 2 tblsp chia seeds, ½ cup almond milk, 1 tsp matcha powder. Wisk well and refrigerate overnight. Next morning tip it up with grated coconut and chopped walnuts.
My Another Recipe for you
Chia Seeds Tawa Roti
(Just adding a little more fibre to your regular roti)
Mix ½ cup whole wheat atta and ½ cup regular atta (take the regular oats, roast, cool and grind). To this mix add 2 tbsps. powdered chia seeds. Knead the dough and make tawa roti. You can even make stuffed aloo roti and stuffed tofu roti with this atta.