I prefer to have a healthy diet without compromising on taste. Hence, I have started including tidbits of super foods and some exotic fruits in my daily diet. And one of such favorite super food, that I recommend is Chia seeds. The benefits are plenty, while the inclusion in diet doesn’t take much effort!
This is one superfood which supplies enormous nutrition with minimum calories. So there goes one key reason for me choosing this! Did you know “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.”? With a generous amount of antioxidants, high protein and carbs in the form of fibres, Chia Seeds help in weight loss (a small portion being enough to pack you with nutrients). Besides, they are good for the heart, reduce blood sugar and are very good for bone health. All you need are 1.5 teaspoons of Chia Seeds twice a day…enough for all of these benefits.
You can easily find chia seeds in any supermarket. I usually buy it from the supermarket right across my home, with the help of my SimplySAVE SBI Credit Card. This card is a must have for all my shopping needs as it provides 10 Reward Points for every Rs.100 spent on all dining, movies, departmental stores and grocery spends.
Here are three of my favourite and most tried recipes with Chia Seeds. Simple, quick and of course tasty J
- Oatmeal and Chia breakfast – Excellent option to begin your day with a pack of nutrients which is low in calories and high in fibres and proteins. The best part is that you can prepare 2-3 jars in advance and keep them in your fridge. Just take medium size glass jars, add oats and milk, your choice of fruits, a teaspoon of Chia Seeds in each jar & just a small dollop of your favourite jam or a teaspoon of honey. Give it a quick mix and there you go. A healthy yummy breakfast to begin the day.
- Chicken, Chia and green salad – A quick and healthy snack. Use your choice of greens and sautéed veggies. I usually add tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, at times pre boiled corn & some lettuce. I also add shredded chicken, boiled and tempered with salt and pepper in stock. And lastly, my Chia Seeds. A dash of lime, a sprinkle of pepper and there goes one plate of healthy nutrition for a quick lunch.
- Chia Pudding – Takes no more than 5 minutes to cook and makes for a rather tasty and healthy snack. Stir approx. 3 teaspoons of Chia seeds to a cup of milk. If you wish to make a thicker mixture, take another extra teaspoon of Chia Seeds to the same quantity of milk. Blend the mixture well so that there is no lumps of chia seeds. Once the mixture is smooth, refrigerate it for a couple of hours. I generally use almond milk for this. You can use any kind of milk you prefer e.g. cashew milk or coconut milk. Add a dash of vanilla or maple syrup or even honey for sweetening if you wish to.
Healthy lifestyle has been my priority for a long time now. Inclusion of at least one superfood can really work wonders for a more nutritious and healthy meal.
Guys do let me know if you liked these chia recipes or if you have some more suggestions for a healthy yet tasty snack. J