It may be hard to find ingredients that will satisfy your hunger and give you an energy boost. You can eat this ingredient raw or cook with it. Since it’s from unique origins, it might not be on your shopping list just yet.
Chia seeds. Not sure how to incorporate them into your daily diet? Here are some suggestions for how to sneak them in.
Find Your Chia in a Morning Muffin: We’re not talking chai tea, but a whole grain the Aztecs used as their energy source. It can help restore energy and decrease inflammation because of its omega-3 fatty acid content. Like cornstarch, chia can be used as a thickening agent and be a substitute for whole grains in your diet. Whole grains are important because they help stabilize blood sugar levels, unlike refined sugar and simple carbs. Here’s one way to use chia:
Chia Muffin Recipe:
• 1 Tbs chia seeds, ground
• 1 ½ cups whole-wheat or whole-grain flour
• 2 tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• 2 tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp salt (or salt and pepper to taste)
• 16-oz. can organic pumpkin (make sure there’s only pumpkin listed in the ingredients)
• 2 egg whites
• ¼ cup high-quality canola oil
• ½ cup agave nectar
• 1 tsp vanilla
• ½ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. In another bowl, mix all wet ingredients. Fold wet ingredients and nuts into dry ingredients, stirring only until dry ingredients are moistened (don’t over-mix!). Spoon into paper-lined or greased (with canola oil) muffin tins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle of the muffin. Store completely cooled muffins in a resealable bag on your counter, in the fridge, or in your freezer. Makes about a dozen muffins at 150 calories each and 9 grams of (good) fat.