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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

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              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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                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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                                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

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                                Review Your Past Flow

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                                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

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