Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. The mild, nutty flavor of chia seeds makes them easy to add to foods and beverages. They are most often sprinkled on cereal, sauces, vegetables, rice dishes, or yogurt or mixed into drinks and baked goods. They can also be mixed with water and made into a gel.
This is a very useful gel to have handy in the fridge as it versatile and can be added to many foods.
Add 1 part chia to 9 parts water.
Whisk continuously to prevent clumping of the seeds.
Wait a few minutes and then whisk again. Let it stand for 10-15mins.
Give it one last stir before placing it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 14 days.
This gel can be added to milkshakes or smoothies, yoghurts, spreads such as peanut butter, jam or nut spreads. It can be added to sauces such as mustard or BBQ and tomato sauce. You will find that the taste of the original food will remain fairly unchanged and you have all the goodness of the chia. It is also a healthy addition to stir fries, pies and salads and anything else you can think of!
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