Chia seeds are easy to digest, their nutrients are quickly assimilated by the body. The most common way to eat chia is, mixing the seeds with water, juice or some liquid food, being able to absorb very quickly in less than 10 minutes a large amount of liquid between 9-12 times its volume.
A gel will form that you can add to smoothies, mix with salad dressings, desserts, or simply take it by the spoonful. To make the gel recipe mix 1/3 of a cup of seeds plus 2 cups of water and stir. You can store it in the fridge and use it whenever you want.
If you mix the seeds with water and add the juice of a lemon and sugar, you can make a drink known in Mexico and Central America as "fresh chia“.
You can also add to salads thetender shoots of chia seedsThey are easily digestible and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Or you can sprinkle the seeds directly on salads or add them to cereals or dairy, or grind them to add to smoothies, soups, etc.
One of the latest discoveries from the baking industry is the potential of chia seeds asingredient in bakery products. "The samples added with chia increase the content of proteins, lipids and dietary fiber of the final product", highlights the researcher Monika Haros from the Institute of Agrochemical and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC).
For the greatest health benefits chia seedsbetter to consume them in their natural form, rather than consuming them in oil or supplement form. Like nuts, they are low in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol, but like all nuts and seeds they are more calorie dense, so it is important to consume them in moderation.