What are CHIA SEEDS?
Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that is native to South America. The seeds are so nutritious that they have been considered valuable since the ancient time of Mayans and Aztecs.
Recently, the seeds became known as a “superfood” in the West and there have been many new recipes using chia seeds. That trend is now catching on here in Japan, too!
Chia seeds are smaller than sesame seeds, but when you soak them in water for 10 minutes, a jelly-like substance forms around the seeds and they become 10 times their original size! They also thicken drinks when blended; it’s a healthy and easy way to thicken your smoothies!
1. They improve Your Digestion and Skin Health
Chia seeds are high in fiber; a teaspoon of chia contains 11g of fiber – a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding a teaspoon full of chia helps digestion and helps keep your skin looking healthy!
2. Fine for Vegetarians!
Chia seeds are a great source of protein. A teaspoon of chia provides 4.4g of protein; 10% of the recommended daily intake for adults. These little seeds have no taste or smell and the shells are soft so it makes it easier to add some to any of your favorite food and drinks.
3. They Fill You Up!
Chia seeds absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a gel. This helps you feel full faster. An amino acid found in turkeys, called Trypophan, is found in chia seeds. This acid helps regulate appetite, sleep, and even improves your mood.
4. Easy To Prepare!
It takes only 10 minutes for chia seeds to form gel around the seed. You can even eat them without soaking them in the water, just sprinkle over yoghurt or salad.
How to prepare?
Soak a teaspoon of chia seeds in normal temperature water for 10 minutes. The gel will form around the seeds and become a bit like tapioca. The seeds inside are nice and crispy like kiwi seeds.
Give it a try!
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Green Smoothie With Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds – 1 teaspoon (soak in 100 ml water for 10 minutes)
1/4 cup spinach
100 ml soy milk
1 teaspoon of honey
1. Cut banana, apple and spinach into small pieces and blend with soy milk for 1 minute. 2. Pour in soaked chia seeds and blend for 10 more seconds. 3. Serve in a glass with honey swirled on the top!
Grilled Fish Crusted with Cornmeal and Chia
4 boneless tilapia fillets (1 pound total), patted dry
A few dashes of kosher salt and ground black pepper
1.5 tablespoons mayonnaise
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon chia seeds*
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F (or 200 C) 2. On a plate, toss together the cornmeal, chia seeds, garlic powder, and a dash each of salt and pepper 3. Place a cooking rack on a baking sheet, spray lightly with olive oil/non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 4. Sprinkle some salt and pepper onto each piece of fish, followed by a smear some of the mayonnaise and then invert the fish into the cornmeal mixture. Press firmly and then flip the fish over and place onto the cooking rack. 5. Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. *Do not add more chia seeds or else you end up with an overly crunchy fish instead of one with a nice texture.