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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

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          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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                                12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                1. Nuts

                                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                2. Blueberries

                                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                3. Tomatoes

                                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                4. Broccoli

                                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                6. Soy

                                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                7. Dark Chocolate

                                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                10. Gingko Biloba

                                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                11. Green and Black Tea

                                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                12. Sage and Rosemary

                                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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