chia seed and chia gel

Chia can be used in cooking and baking in a multitude of ways. One of the easiest and most accessible ways is making it into a gel first. The recipe is below.

Chia gel is  slows the conversion of carbohydrates into sugars, regulating and maintaining  healthy blood sugar levels in the body. Including this gel in your daily diet will help you eat less and still feel satisfied. The gel also helps with regularity, as it contains a lot of fiber. The gel works well in smoothies and in baking.

You can modify this recipe and grind the seeds, releasing their  essential fats for better assimilation.

The gel can be added to sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad dressings, cream cheese, jams, jellies, preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereals, yogurt, dips, puddings, soups, or other liquid or creamy foods. Add the gel, mix well and taste. The gel won’t affect the flavor of foods, but will increase its nutritional value. The texture gets smoother with the addition of Chia, while the flavor stays intact. In addition to adding up to 50% to 75% more volume to the foods used, Chia “removes” calories and fat because its gel is 90% water.

If you like to bake, you can use Chia gel as a fat replacer by substituting the oil in your breads with Chia gel. Top your favorite bread dough before baking with Chia gel (for toping on baked goods, breads, cookies, piecrust, etc., reduce the water ration to 8 parts water to 1 part Chia seed) for added shelf life.

Chia Gel can also replace up to half of the butter or oil in any recipe without altering the flavor or the cooking method.

Chia gel or chia seeds can also be added to smoothies or other liquid foods, without being made into the gel first.

Chia seeds can be eaten with almond milk, instead of a cereal.

Chia seeds can replace flax seeds in recipes.

Buy some Chia seed and experiment!

Chia Gel

chia seed and chia gel

By Dr. Anastasia Published: April 12, 2011

    Chia can be used in cooking and baking in a multitude of ways. One of the easiest and most accessible ways is making it into a gel …

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    1. Pour slightly warm water into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Slowly pour Chia seeds into the water. Shake the container for 15 seconds. Let stand for a minute and shake again. Soon the mixture will turn into a gel. This gel will store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

      About Dr. Anastasia

      Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.

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      2 Responses to Using Chia Seed and Chia Gel

      1. Healthy Mama says:

        Thank you! Apparently, the gel works well on cuts and wounds. I have two boys, so it’s good info.

      2. I look forward to adding more chia gel into my diet…great post!

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