You are really trying to find ways to get chia seeds into your diet with some chia seed recipes. After all, you know they’re unbelievably good for you. They've been shown to have more calcium than milk, more magnesium than broccoli and more antioxidant power than blueberries.
But just how often can you sprinkle them on your salad or mix them into your morning cereal before even this super-food starts being boring? But you can banish boring, with the chia seed recipes found in our BenVia Gold Cookbook!
And if you’re going to make the effort to improve your health with the wonders of chia seeds, make sure you are taking the very best chia on the market: BenVia Gold chia. From soil to the harvest, BenVia Gold chia is, simply, the best available.
Why Chia Seeds
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, you may be wondering why you should use chia seed recipes at all. What makes chia so great? Calcium, fiber, iron… the list goes on and on.
This article on the benefits of chia shines a light on the wide range of reasons to take chia, but it boils down to this: chia has been considered a super food since the times of the Mayans. In fact, the name chia comes from the Mayan word for strength.
So why not flax, or soy? Because, chia packs more of a punch than flax – including having even more fiber than an equivalent serving of flax seeds! As for soy, chia seeds are a vegetarian protein source that offers even more protein than soy.
Breakfast Chia Seed Recipes
Yes, you can sprinkle chia seeds on your morning bowl of cold cereal. It tastes nutty and crunchy, just like a good bowl of cereal should. But that’s not all you can do with these breakfast chia seed recipes. If you’re a cereal lover, but want to mix it up, we've got you covered:
Hot and Hearty Oatmeal – Serves 4
▶ 2 cups organic oatmeal
▶ ¾ cup crushed BenVia Gold
▶ 2 cups fresh blueberries (or fruit of your choice)
▶ Xylitol to taste
▶ Cinnamon to taste
▶ Cook oatmeal according to directions adding
in BenVia Gold, xylitol, and cinnamon when
oatmeal starts to thicken. Top off with fresh
fruit and serve hot
Or if cereal isn't really your thing, you can still enjoy this breakfast chia seed recipe:
Breakfast Smoothie – Serves 1
▶ 1 cup almond milk
▶ 1 cup frozen berries (or other frozen fruit of your choice)
▶ 1 small banana
▶ ½ small avocado
▶ ¼ cup BenVia Gold gel (recipe included in cookbook)
▶ 1 ½ tablespoon raw honey
▶ Pinch of sea salt
▶ Sliced banana
▶ Put almond milk, frozen berries, banana, avocado BenVia
Gold seeds, raw honey, and sea salt into the blender. Cover
and blend on high speed for 10 seconds.
▶ Scrape sides. Cover and blend about 20 seconds longer or
▶ Poor into a tall glass, top with granola or banana slices if you like, and serve.
Main Course Chia Seed Recipes
But what about getting the rest of your family to eat and enjoy the benefits of chia? That’s where these main course chia seed recipes come in. More and more of us are eating fish to take advantage of the health benefits that come from a well-prepared salmon filet. Add chia and you've taken that simple fish dish to a whole other level:
▶ 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
▶ 3 tablespoons brown sugar
▶ 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
▶ 1 teaspoon BenVia Gold seeds
▶ 1 salmon filet
▶ Mix brown sugar, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar
▶ Place salmon filet into a freezer bag, pour soy
sauce glaze over the filet, marinate for 15 minutes.
▶ Turn oven onto broil. Cover cookie sheet with foil and spray with a cooking spray to prevent sticking.
▶ Remove salmon from bag and place on foil covered cookie sheet Broil for about 10 to 15 minutes,
until fish is thoroughly cooked and flakes with a fork.
▶ Sprinkle on BenVia Gold seeds and serve.
But even comfort foods can be made into healthier options, with the right chia seed recipe.
Encrusted Faux Fried Chicken – Serves 4
▶ 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded)
▶ 1 cup chicken broth
▶ 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
▶ 1 tablespoon BenVia Gold seeds
▶ 1 cup oats (crushed with your hands
until broken up)
▶ 1 teaspoon dried garlic
▶ 1 teaspoon dried onions
▶ 1 teaspoon oregano
▶ ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
▶ ½ teaspoon sea salt
▶ ½ teaspoon paprika
▶ ¼ teaspoon dried basil
▶ ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
▶ 4 tablespoons of your favorite mustard
▶ Place chicken, broth, and poultry seasoning into a bowl, cover and let marinate in the
refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
▶ Remove chicken from marinade and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
▶ For crust, mix BenVia Gold seeds, oats, dried garlic, dried onions, black pepper, sea salt,
paprika, dried basil, and cayenne in a bowl and set crust mixture aside.
▶ Brush both sides of each breast with your favorite mustard and lightly dip breasts into
the crust mixture
▶ Lightly spray a sauté pan or griddle with cooking spray and sear chicken for about 6 minutes
until golden on both sides.
▶ Transfer breasts to a lightly sprayed, foil covered cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
▶ Serve chicken breasts with honey mustard, low fat ranch dressing or your favorite BBQ sauce.
Sides and Desserts: Chia Seeds Recipes
Sometimes it seems easy to make breakfast or an entree healthy – but gooey, cheesy sides and rich, decadent desserts seem doomed. That doesn't have to be the case with chia seed recipes. Even your most self-indulgent recipes can become nutritional power houses. Think that’s impossible? Wait until you update a holiday classic –
Green Bean Casserole – Serves 6
▶ 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
▶ ½ cup milk
▶ 1 teaspoon soy sauce
▶ Dash ground black pepper
▶ 4 cups cooked cut green beans
▶ 1 ⅓ cups french fried onions
▶ ¼ cup BenVia Gold gel (recipe included in cookbook)
▶ Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
▶ Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans, BenVia
Gold gel, and ⅔ cup onions in a 1 ½-quart casserole.
▶ Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until the bean mix -
ture is hot and bubbling.
▶ Top with remaining onions and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or
until the onions are golden brown.
Even desserts can pack a healthy punch, when you use these chia seed recipes. Got a craving for cookies? We’ve got you covered.
▶ 1 cup BenVia Gold gel (recipe included in cookbook)
▶ 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
▶ 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
▶ 1 cup packed brown sugar
▶ 1 cup whole wheat flour
▶ 1 cup all-purpose flour
▶ 1 large egg
▶ ¾ teaspoon baking powder
▶ ¾ cup salted roasted peanuts
▶ Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
▶ Use electric beater to beat BenVia Gold, butter and peanut butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Add brown sugar and beat until pale. Add egg and beat until smooth.
▶ Sift together the whole wheat and all-purpose flour and baking powder. Use a wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients and peanuts into the peanut butter mixture.
▶ Divide tablespoonfuls of the dough and roll into a ball and place 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheet. Using a fork, press flat in a cross direction until ¼ inch thick.
▶ Bake in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
▶ Cool on wire rack.
No matter what the meal or occasion, the addition of chia seeds instantly makes your dish healthier – without sacrificing flavor!
Find out how to turn any food into a nutritional gold mine, simply by adding BenVia Gold chia. This infographic shows just how good BenVia Gold chia is for your entire body. Now, imagine reaping those benefits just by eating your favorite foods! It’s possible, thanks to these BenVia Gold chia seed recipes.
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