Chia seeds are nutritionally dense food. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acid, the best plant source in fact. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber with 1 tablespoon (12.1g) containing 4.1g of fiber. They contain quite a few minerals and have antioxidant properties.
Chia seeds are usually enjoyed in a form of a pudding. The fact that they can absorb a lot of liquid about 9-12 times their volume in a short amount of time is quite helpful to make a creamy chia pudding. In about half an hour from few spoonfuls of seeds with a hefty helping of milk you get a bowl of creamy goodness.
Chia egg is used as a substitute for chicken eggs – ground tablespoon of chia seeds is mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and left for 15 minutes. In that time a gel forms which binds just as egg would.
Chia seeds are also great in smoothies, energy balls, cookies, pancakes or granola bars.
Chia seeds will keep for few months when stored in a dry and cool place. It’s a great pantry staple. A little goes a long way with chia seeds, buying them in larger package will save you money and you can have them on hand whenever you need them.