If your only exposure to chia seeds is from the terracotta Chia Pets popular in the 1990s, then it's time to learn more about this little food that packs a big punch.
Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flax seeds). Many people eat them for their nutritional benefits: one ounce, approximately two tablespoons, contains 139 calories, 4 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams fiber, plus vitamins and minerals.
The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often ground and sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes and yogurt, or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.
Ready to give chia a try? Sample this tasty pudding—the seeds turn gelatinous, similar to tapioca.
Recipe Source: The Curvy Carrot
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