How to eat chia seeds? Let me count the ways…
Unlike whole flax seeds, whole chia seeds are easily digested and most people find they have no distinct taste. So the easiest way to take chia is to eat it as it is — raw. Sprinkle seeds on salads, yoghurt, smoothies, oatmeal, cereals, soups, and just about anything.
Do drink a lot more water than usual. However way you eat chia seeds, drink lots of water throughout the day — even more than the suggested 8 glasses a day. Chia seeds attract fluid, and if you don’t drink enough water, it will take whatever fluids are available in your digestive system and this could cause constipation and other symptoms of lack of water in your body.
Chia seeds absorb approximately nine times their weight in water, so drink up.
2 cups cool water (or any liquid like milk or juice)
1/5 to 1/4 cup dry chia seed
Mix ingredients together in container with whisk, and let stand 5 minutes. Whisk again and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. Adjust amount of liquid or chia seeds as desired for thicker or thinner consistency.
You can prepare enough chia gel for the whole family before going to bed at night, pour in an airtight container and refrigerate. This will keep up to 2-3 days.
It is best to let chia soak overnight as this starts the sprouting process and activation of enzymes and antioxidants, causing the seed to become ‘living’. When you leave chia to soak, you are also allowing chia seeds to collect water, which enables them to hydrate your digestive system as they travel through your body.
When you have chia gel, you can then mix it with food or drink in a variety of ways.
Substitute almond, hemp, or other milk for water in gel recipe, and add dried fruit, shaved chocolate, and/or a natural sweetener.
For glowing skin, use 2—3 Tbs. of thick chia gel as a face mask. Apply to clean skin, let sit for 15—30 minutes, and remove with a warm, moist washcloth.
Pet Food Tip
Thoroughly mix chia gel into canned pet food—1 Tbs. per serving for dogs; 1 tsp. per serving for cats.
Weight Loss Tip
Extend your food without the calories and fat. To curb appetite, mix 1 Tbs. of chia gel with room-temperature water, and drink either before a meal or when hunger strikes between meals. If you prefer, flavor it with fresh lemon, lime, and/or stevia.
Add thick chia gel (50:50 ratio) to peanut butter, jellies and jams, dessert sauces, cereals, yoghurts, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, and moist/wet food.
Taking diet shakes and soups? Some people can’t make these diets work because the shakes and soup just can’t stop them from getting hungry. Add some gel to the shakes and soup. All you’re doing is adding volume and nutrition, but very few calories.