Chia seeds. These are the wondrous thing we have seen all over the #FitFam world, but what could they be? These seeds are said to be the energy-boosting, fat-burning, wonder foods of tomorrow that could be about to change your life. So the question is: how do we use them? Thankfully, we have 5 ways to use Chia seeds that will have you looking like a health pro in no time.
Create crunchy bread
Okay, so we have finally got our heads around choosing wholewheat rather than white bread. However, have you ever thought about adding in some Chia seeds to your new multi-grain bread diet? We already jam it full of poppy and sesame seeds – these will be almost unnoticeable but help to make a huge difference. Chia seeds are said to help give plenty of energy to last the entire day which is why many runners snack on the seeds before heading out the door. Now, you could be left with the power of a warrior all day long from a simple slice of Chia-infused bread. Perfect.
Use them as egg
Believe it or not, but Chia seeds can be the perfect replacement for eggs. If you can’t find any that come pre-ground then merely chuck them in the blender and whizz them together until they are a powder. Then all you have to do is add a splash of water until you get a consistency of an egg – usually about three times the amount of seeds you have used. This is perfect for vegans as they are entirely animal product free as well as coming packed full of protein. Who says you can’t have your healthy cake and eat it too?
Salads don’t have to be boring. In fact, it’s now recommended you add some healthy fats or source of protein to help keep yourself feeling fuller for longer. So if you’re looking for a simple yet stunning addition to your meal then look no further; Chia seeds could be about to become your new best friend. These simple seeds go perfectly with any salad and will help give you that energy boost you are searching for. No longer will you be falling asleep at your desk after lunch, now it’s all about hitting those deadlines before they’re even set!
Time to thicken up
You might think the key to a healthy diet is keeping sauces and soups thin? After all, thicker broths must mean more calories and fat, right? No, not necessarily. Chia seeds can be a brilliant addition to anything in need of a quick thicken up, such as that homemade soup, salad dressing, or sauce. The best bit? You’ll be adding in all those extra antioxidants such as omega-3 and fiber that will help give you the well-balanced diet your body has been craving. All without you even trying. Who knew healthy could be so easy?
Chia seeds don’t just have many incredible benefits on the outside. Oh no, they are now taking on rivals such as coconut oil. Who would have thought there could be a day that this delicious beauty addition might be knocked off the top spot? Chia seeds are brilliant for exfoliating all that dead skin as well as having plenty of anti-aging properties packed inside. After a quick scrub, you’ll be left with skin that looks brighter and smoother than ever before. As if that wasn’t enough, the scrubs are so simple to make you won’t have to spend a fortune to get in on the craze.
Many health crazes come and go. However, only some have the benefits we have been searching for all these years. These five ways to use Chia seeds are just the beginning. Plus, with all the incredible benefits, what’s the harm in grabbing a bag and getting crunching?