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15 Healthy And Delicious Recipes With Chia Seeds

15 Healthy And Delicious Recipes With Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are in the spotlight again long after the ancient American tribes, like the Aztecs and Mayans, ate daily dosages of their ”strength” or chía. The word chia comes from the Yucatec Maya language and it still remains a healthy addition to many meals and snacks. An added bonus: vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free and others with food restrictions will be able to enjoy chia seeds. They make for a good egg substitute, a thickener for gravies or even in place of bread crumbs in meatballs.

Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Öz, better known simply as Dr. Oz on television, says of chia seeds, ” …Like a superfruit, they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories …nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants…”

Below are 15 healthy, inventive and delicious recipes with chia seeds.

1. From blog, Margaret’s Dish: Lemon Chia Seed Scones with Sweet Lemon Cashew Glaze

Margaret's Dish Blogspot, Lemon Chia Seed Scones

    This is a great option for those who have gone gluten-free or adhere to a vegan lifestyle. Lemon Chia Seed Scones can be an alternative to your morning pastry, and would taste scrumptious with tea or coffee. Scones can be heavy, so you may not want to pair it with a smoothie or other filling drink. This recipe with chia seeds will offer you much needed calcium and fiber. For the full recipe, see Margaret’s Dish.

    2. The Honor System’s Gluten-free Raspberry Chia Seed Jam

    The Honour Society's Recipe Raspberry-Chia-Seed-Jam

      Smooth, sweet and silky raspberry jam with chia seeds will remind you of your grandmother’s kitchen creations. It works well as a condiment or topping on breads, cakes, toast or crackers and provides your body with beneficial ingredients like magnesium and iron. For this perfect spring recipe with chia seeds, see The Honour System’s blog.

      3. Renee Blair for the DailyBurn’s Vanilla-Almond Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

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      Vanilla-Almond Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding by Renee Blair

        A quick, healthy breakfast is possible with this Vanilla-Almond Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding recipe. Top it with figs, plums or blueberries. Ample antioxidants and omega-3s make this a meal to start your day with vitality and nourishment. You can make your own almond milk at home, if you are leery of grocery store versions. One of the best reasons to prepare meals at home is that you get to control the amount of sugar and other ingredients used. This recipe can rely on its own natural sweetness or you can add some extra. The choice is yours. You’ll need raw almonds and at least 3 hours to pre-soak the chia seeds. Preparing the chia seeds overnight so they’re ready for your morning is ideal. For Renee Blair’s full recipe and notes on this recipe with chia seeds, visit the DailyBurn.

        4. Minimalist Baker’s Vegan Peach Oat Smoothie

        Peach-Oat-Chia-Seed-Smoothie-vegan-minimalistbaker.com_

           

          This one is a great summer idea for in the height of peach season, when you have so many peaches and no clue what to do with them. This recipe with chia seeds from the Minimalist Baker is easy and nutritious, especially for those on the go or experimenting with the juicing trend. For this recipe, you’ll need peaches, rolled gluten-free oats, a frozen banana, freshly squeezed orange juice, unsweetened almond milk (homemade or store-bought), of course, chia seeds, and if you wish, some agave for taste. Non-vegans might prefer honey. For the full recipe and more notes on this recipe with chia seeds, see the Minimalist Baker’s website.

          5. Savor The Thyme’s Cornmeal and Chia Seed Crusted Tilapia

          cornmeal_chia_seed_-tilapia_2 by savor the thyme

            Southern and rustic, this recipe with chia seeds is delicious year-round. Tilapia can be baked or broiled and easily absorbs the spices and seasonings used on it. Chia seeds with this fresh, light fish, add some crunch and flavor, plus extra nourishment. This recipe mentions mayonnaise, but you can substitute yogurt, mustard or even cream, depending on your own dietary restrictions or preferences. See here for more on this recipe with chia seeds from Savor The Thyme.

            6. Purely Twin’s Flour-less Pumpkin Chia Seed Blondies

            flourless-pumpkin-chia-vegan-blondies

              This whole sentence makes me hungry. Pumpkins and chia seeds are two of my favorite edible delights. And together this sounds amazing. Plus, this is a gluten-free recipe that makes for a great snack that your whole family will find appealing. It’s easy to transport, share and include in your lunch sack or when you are busy. And for those with dietary restrictions in grains, dairy, eggs, soy and sugar, this is a stellar option that takes out the unnecessary additives and gives you a naturally sweet snack or dessert. In place of flour, this recipe with chia seeds calls for plantains! Another beloved and familiar taste! The perfect trifecta!

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              7. Wholehearted Eats’ Chai Spiced Chia Pudding with Pink Peppercorn Pomegranate Sauce

              Wholehearted Eats Pomegranate Chia Seed  Pudding with Pink Peppercorn

                The ancient pomegranate alone is a remarkable fruit that civilizations of people have found nourishing. Coupled with chia seeds, this recipe will surely fill you up. This recipe with chia seeds can be prepared for breakfast, an afternoon snack or as part of a meal. Chia seeds offer 10 grams of fiber in just two teaspoons, what you’ll need for this recipe, and the ginger, cardamom, almond milk, cloves, pink peppercorns and orange zest make this dish a vibrant collage of nature. To make this recipe, see here for the full article by Wholehearted Eats.

                8. Fuss-Free Cooking Eggless, Coconut, Walnut Banana Bread with Chia Seeds

                Fuss-free Cooking Eggless, Coconut, Walnut, Banana Bread with Chia Seeds

                   

                  The chia seeds replace the eggs, because of their moist and creamy consistency when grounded and used in cooking and baking. My mother made banana bread weekly, and it’s always been apart of my life. This recipe gives the traditional version a delicious twist. For Fuss Free Cooking’s full banana bread recipe with chia seeds, see this link.

                  9. Meaningful Eats’ Gluten-free Chia Seed Tortillas 

                  Meaningful Eats Gluten-free Chia Seed Tortillas

                    This recipe can go either savory or sweet. You’ll need buckwheat groats, sorghum flour and flax seeds, in addition to the chia seeds. These tortillas remind me of the Indian flatbread of thepla or buckwheat pancakes. You can use these tortillas as a sandwich wrap with cheese or like a crêpe with bananas and Nutella or honey, depending on your favorites. For more details on the recipe, see Meaningful Eats’ blog post.

                    10. Making Thyme for Health’s Homemade Quinoa and Chia Seed Ravioli with Mushroom and Kale Filling

                    Homemade Quinoa and Chia Seed Ravioli with Mushroom and Kale Filling by Making Thyme for Health

                      This recipe will require a bit more focus and time, but a delicious and healthy combination of earthy greens and chia seeds are worth it. Making your own ravioli is therapeutic and you’ll enjoy the end result even more. For this recipe you’ll need quinoa flour. For the full description and details, see here.

                      11. Baby Foode’s Peach + Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes + Avocado + Chia Seeds baby food

                      PEACH + HEIRLOOM CHERRY TOMATOES + AVOCADO + CHIA SEEDS by BabyFoode.com

                        Chia seeds can be implemented into your whole family’s diet, too. Replace store-bought baby edibles with your own creations, like this one from BabyFoode.com. This is one of the recipes with chia seeds with the simplest list of ingredients. You’ll need one organic peach, avocado, a handful of cherry tomatoes and a teaspoon of chia seeds. For the full recipe, see here.

                        12. Delish.com’s Lentils with Chia Seeds

                        Lentils with Chia Seeds From O, The Oprah Magazine

                           

                          An Oprah and Dr. Oz favorite, this recipe with chia seeds includes cardamom, cumin and ginger, and offers an earthy and nutty flavor to your palette. For recipe details, see here.

                          13. Incredible Smoothie’s Pumpkin and Avocado Green Smoothie 

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                          Pumpkin and Avocado Green Smoothie Recipe with Chia Seeds by IncredibleSmoothies.com

                             

                            This smoothie is a great option if you are on a juice cleanse and are in need of a hearty dosage of antioxidants. You’ll need a banana, a pumpkin pureed, cinnamon, avocado, fresh baby spinach and almond milk. For the recipe, go here.

                            14. Dinners Dishes & Desserts’ Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette

                            Berry Almond Salad with Chia Seed Vinaigrette Read more at http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/berry-almond-salad-with-chia-seed-vinaigrette/#Rv9wBeojrrjA7HKq.99

                              Light, airy and comprised of the simplest ingredients, this salad is a perfect choice as spring approaches. Plus, something different to add your strawberries to. For the recipe, visit this website.

                              15. Nutritious Eats’ Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn

                              Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn Nutritious Eats

                                 

                                For a smash of sweet and savory, Nutritious Eats’ offers this easy snack. You’ll need hemp seeds and maple syrup, in addition to the chia seeds, and other toppings. For more on this recipe, see here.

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                                BONUS! Chia seeds can be used for all sorts of things. Even outside of the kitchen, like face masks, and scars.

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                                Last Updated on June 24, 2019

                                15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                                15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                                You work all day, and you come home exhausted and hungry. Naturally, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. If you love cooking, but your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to cook every night, you can simplify your life by making crockpot freezer meals. These meals will allow you to still eat homemade, healthy, filling dinners without the countless hours and enormous effort spent in the kitchen. You can store the simple ingredients in freezer bags and put them in the crockpot when it is time for dinner, or you can cook over the weekend and stock your freezer with delicious ready meals that will make your life easier. Here are 15 easy-to-make recipes to make delicious dinners for busy nights!

                                1. Cheesy Tortellini With Ground Beef

                                Cheesy tortellini with ground beef

                                  This is a perfect crockpot freezer meal that even your kids will love. The best thing of all is that it’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you have to do is crumble some ground beef and combine all the recipe’s ingredients in your crockpot. The other ingredients needed for this super delicious meal include tomatoes, herbs, and onions. Tortellini is one of the most commonly ordered meals when eating out, but this way you will get to eat a homemade, healthier version of the popular dish. Find the recipe here.

                                  2. Cranberry Pork Roast

                                  Cranberry pork roast

                                    Cranberry pork roast is a gluten-free meal that everyone can make, regardless of their culinary skills. The dish requires only these few ingredients: onion, cranberry sauce, bone-in pork shoulder, and honey. To prepare this mouthwatering dish, simply combine all the ingredients together in the crockpot and let them cook. If you don’t like pork or if you prefer not to eat it, you can easily use beef as a substitute without impacting the flavor. Click here to see the recipe.

                                    3. Greens and Beans

                                    Greens and beans

                                      Greens and beans are the ideal dishes if you want a dish that is both delicious and nutrient-dense. Combine vegetable broth with beans, garlic, kale, escalore, and Parmesan, and let cook. The result will be a dish with a soup-like consistency that will fill you up and provide you with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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                                      As a bonus, if you or someone else in your family suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or some other common types of arthritis, greens and beans can reduce the inflammation. That’s because kale and other veggies rich in Vitamin K are anti-inflammatory and are known for relieving arthritis. Click here and start cooking!

                                      4. Chicken Curry

                                      Chicken curry

                                        That is yet another gluten-free recipe that you’ll love to make. Chicken curry requires basic ingredients such as tomato paste, coconut milk, honey, onions, and garlic, in addition to chicken and curry of course.The result is a sweet and spicy dish where different flavors are perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here.

                                        5. Honey Sesame Chicken

                                        Honey sesame chicken

                                          Honey sesame chicken is a simple and effortless dish that delivers an amazing taste. To make this wonderful recipe, you have to combine all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and green onions and let them cook. Use the sesame seeds and green onions for garnish when serving. Click here for the full recipe.

                                          6. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff

                                          Mushroom spinach stroganoff

                                            In this warm weather, many people opt to eat lighter food that is easy on the stomach. Mushroom spinach stroganoff fits the bill being a vegetable version of a famous comfort food that you and your family will love. The dish requires simple ingredients such as sour cream, onion, garlic, ketchup, vegetables, and mushrooms. This dish is very simple to make, and thanks to your crockpot, you won’t have much work to do. Find the recipe here.

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                                            7. Stuffed Peppers

                                            Stuffed peppers

                                              If you’re looking for a healthy, simple, and delicious recipe, you’ll love this one! These crockpot stuffed peppers are easy to make, and they require only a few ingredients such as ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and pasta sauce. This meal will remind you of grandma’s kitchen. You can find the recipe here.

                                              8. Cilantro and Lime Chicken

                                              Cilantro and lime chicken

                                                Summer is the perfect season to experiment with more exotic flavors, and this meal can help you do just that. To make cilantro and lime chicken, you will need to combine some simple ingredients such as lime, jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, and salsa. The result is chicken that is super tender and that you’ll want to make over and over again, so get the recipe here.

                                                9. Beef Fajitas

                                                Beef fajitas

                                                  This is an excellent meal for busy weeknights. The best thing about this recipe is that the required ingredients are probably already there in your kitchen. The recipe is also quite simple — combine all the items in a crockpot, cover, and let cook.

                                                  The result will be beef and peppers that melt in your mouth. You can easily pair this beef fajita with rice and tortillas and get a meal that the entire family will love. You can find the recipe for this delicious beef fajita here.

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                                                  10. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

                                                  Asian chicken lettuce wraps

                                                    Asian chicken lettuce wraps are sweet, slightly salty and very easy to make. All you need to do is add the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, soy sauce, honey, garlic and the other ingredients to your crockpot and let them cook. You can also replace the chicken with beef or turkey if you like. The presence of different flavors gives this meal a summer flavor you are sure to love. Learn how to make this meal here.

                                                    11. Hawaiian Chicken

                                                    Hawaiian chicken

                                                      This dish enjoys phenomenal exotic tones due to pineapple and lemon flavors. To make this yummy crockpot freezer meal, you need skinless chicken breasts, peppers, ginger and corn starch, in addition to the iconic pineapple and lemon. Learn how to make this perfect summer dinner here.

                                                      12. Beef and Barley Stew

                                                      Beef and barley stewd

                                                        Beef and barley stew is as healthy as it is delicious. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy to make. Besides the beef and barley, you’ll also need carrots, peppers, herbs and beef broth. The result will be a mouthwatering stew that you can serve alone or over white rice. Get the recipe here.

                                                        13. Meatball Soup

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                                                        Meatball soup

                                                          This soup is very delicious, easy to make and quite versatile. You will be able to swap ingredients and experiment to find your perfect combination. To make this meatball soup, you will need to combine meatballs with pasta sauce, chicken broth, carrots, beans, zucchini, and onion. You can view the recipe here.

                                                          14. Turkey Black Bean Chili

                                                          Turkey black bean chili

                                                            Everybody loves chili and for good reason — it’s very delicious, and it’s a perfect combination of different flavors that balance each other out. To make this chili, you’ll need ground turkey, tomato sauce, black beans, paprika, frozen corns, and a few other ingredients. You can get the full recipe here and have this delicious dish ready when you come back from work on those busy nights.

                                                            15. Ham and Pinto Bean Soup

                                                            Ham and pinto bean soup

                                                              What makes soups special is the fact they’re tasty, healthy and filling at the same time. This soup is no exception. The best quality of this ham and pinto bean soup, however, is its simplicity; it requires only five ingredients: ham, beans, ketchup, salt, and water. Learn how to make this soup here.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              With a demanding work week and a busy schedule, it’s normal to have a low energy level by the time you get home. If you don’t feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking dinner due to this, you don’t have to resort to junk food. These freezer crockpot meals offer you the perfect solution for healthy meals that require minimal preparation. You can either combine each recipe’s ingredients in a freezer bag to be thawed and cooked in a few minutes, or you can cook your meal and freeze it to be used later, it’s up to you.

                                                              This article showed you 15 easy and simple recipes that you can make using your crockpot. All of these recipes contain anti-inflammatory foods whether it is in the form of vegetable, herbs or spices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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