Chia seeds are the bomb, they are with no doubt my favorite super food and the benefits of consuming them are endless. These little superstars are tiny, but they’re loaded with essential nutrients like omega-3s, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. If that isn’t enough, they’re great for keeping hunger at bay; between all the fiber they contain (5 grams per tablespoon) and their liquid-binding power, chia seeds can be a powerful force against the munchies.
You can do so many things with chia seeds, you can put them in smoothies, bake with them, cook with them, do marmalade and even crackers! I’m going to show you 5 of my favorites in this article and also how to prepare each of them. Are you ready?
1. Bake with Chia
This one is already popular but it had to be in the list, baking with chia seeds is just incredible it makes every recipe healthier and it can give your creations great texture too. As you may know, chia seeds are excellent for vegan baking. You can not only replace an egg with the small seeds, but you can also use them for bread and rolls. Chia Bread is now very popular because the seeds provide a certain crunch but also a lot of valuable nutrients. Even your pizza dough could use a tablespoon of chia seeds for a special touch. And have you ever tasted homemade Chia crackers or chia cookies? There are no boundaries when it comes to chia seeds! By the way, you can also grind Chia seeds to flour, replacing some of the flour when baking.
2. Chia Seeds for nice Hair and Skin
Yes, you read that right. These little treasures are great for your hair and skin too. How?
You just need 3 tablespoons of chia seed for half a liter of water, let it sit for about 30 minutes until it forms a gel. Don’t forget to stir it! Now, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and about 50 grams of pureed avocado. You can spread this mask in your hair and skin and let it there for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it. This mask will help for dry skin or hair, to condition your hair and make it shinier!
I was not aware of this for a long time, but you can actually sprout chia sprouts yourself, which can be used for salads or topping for bread.
This is how it works:
Cover 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds with water and allow them to swell for 7 minutes. Now drain the water and place the chia seeds in a sealed glass for 2-3 days. Rinse well twice a day and drain the water. After a few days, the chia sprouts are ready.
4. Chia Seed Drink
Chia Seed drink is super popular and also super expensive. There is no reason to spend lots of money on it when it is so easy to make it yourself. Just add ¼ cup of chia seeds to 4 cups of your favorite fruit juice and let it sit for 30 minutes. This drink is full of fiber and vitamins and it will also boost your energy for the day.
5. Face and Body Scrub!
These tiny black seeds are filled with nutrients that can effectively remove oil buildup without leaving your skin suffering from water loss. Chia seeds are very gentle on skin and contain natural omega fatty acids, zinc, fiber which can help moisturize your skin and fights acne faster. Moreover, it deeply penetrates into the skin, flushes out toxins and removes dead skin cells making skin soft and supple.
- Olive oil -1tsp
- Chia seeds -1tsp
- Green tea – 1 tsp
- Baking soda -1tsp
- Half a lemon
- Honey -1tsp
How to do it:
Step1: Transfer 1tsp of olive oil into an empty bowl and add chia seeds, green tea, and lastly baking soda to olive oil in equal proportions with the help of a measuring spoon.
Note: Do not mix the ingredients as we want baking soda to sit on of mixture to proceed with next step.
Step2: Squeeze half a lemon juice on top of baking soda.
Step 3: Lastly add 1 tsp of honey and give it a good stir