Chia seeds are my culinary boyfriend. I love these little “poppy-seed-look-a-likes” in a way that I have never been able to love a flax seed. Unlike a flax seed, chia seeds are readily absorbed by the body in their natural state – which is pretty darn awesome if you ask me. And you want to absorb these little seeds because they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, complete proteins, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
I enjoy sprinkling chia seeds on a banana, adding them to a batch of oatmeal, and using them as an egg replacement. Chia seeds have an amazing ability to bind with other foods – which is super helpful if you are struggling with constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel syndrome, or irritable bowel syndrome. Chia gel promotes a healthy digestive tract with it’s mucilaginous gel that encourages bulkier stools and regularity – calmly.
As I mentioned earlier, you do not need to grind chia seeds to release their nutritional qualities, but I have found that when creating an egg replacement it works better if your chia seeds are a fine powder. Grind those little chia seeds with a coffee grinder into a fine powder.
The chia powder is going to look something like this:
Now combine 1 Tablespoon fine chia powder with 3 Tablespoons liquid. I prefer the consistency of chia seeds with a dairy-free-milk-alternative…. but you can judge that for yourself.
Allow your chia-milk-concoction to set for two to five minutes because it is going to turn all gooey.
How To: Use Chia Seed as an Egg Replacement
- 1 tablespoon of finely ground chia seeds in a coffee grinder.
- 3 tablespoons liquid (I recommend soy milk, rice milk, or coconut milk)
Mix together and allow it to sit until gooey – approximately two to five minutes.
When you return, you will find a lovely gooey substance. Use as a substitute in muffins, pancakes, cookies, and breads. Your going to love chia seeds so much that you are going to be begging me to share my boyfriend with you… and I can share, just as long as you don’t ditch your husband to hang out with your chia seed boyfriend on a Friday night. Not a good idea. Trust me.
Chia seeds can be found at most health food stores or conveniently online.