When most people think of chia seeds, their first thought is of those terra cotta animals and heads marketed on television during the Christmas season as pets. What is little known is that chia seeds are considered a super-food in that they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of B vitamins. Chia seeds were used by the Aztec people as a main food source and are still used in Mexico and South America for that purpose today.
Sprinkle raw chia seeds on salads, salad dressings and baked potatoes, for added crunch and nutrition.
Grind chia seeds in a grain grinder or blender to flour-like consistency. Substitute 1 cup of ground chia flour for regular flour in bread and muffin recipes.
Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds to the water. Cover the pan, and turn off the heat. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes to allow the chia to absorb the water for a vitamin-rich porridge.
Add chia seeds to scrambled eggs, yogurt and bean recipes.
Soak the seeds in water until the water turns to a gel-like consistency. Use the gel as a skin moisturizer.