Keeping up with the trends in the foodie world can be like keeping up with the latest fashion. Things come and go just as quickly. We had the cake ball phenomenon, then everywhere you looked you found Nutella recipes. It’s the same on the healthy-eating side, too. Going gluten-free became the thing-to-do, even if you weren’t allergic. Then there’s the paleo movement. Quinoa, which has been used since the ancient times, is all the rage again. It’s enough to make your head spin!
Have no fear, I have found ANOTHER fabulous trend in the foodie world: Chia Seeds.
(now is the time for you to oooh & aaah!)
My good friend, Jennie, was the first to tell me about chia seeds about a year ago. But, I didn’t immediately find them in my local natural food stores.
I’ve seen them used here and there online and I started reading up on them.
Like most seeds, chia seeds are a great protein source. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants and are a good source of calcium. Chia seeds are also a wonderful source of the plant version of the omega 3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) ALA that you can find in walnuts and flax. Although they are naturally low in saturated fat, their calories are more dense, like most seeds and nuts. So just a sprinkle is all you need to enjoy their benefits.
You can add them to a smoothie. Your kids won’t notice them – they are smaller than the seeds you find on strawberries or raspberries. Sprinkle a dabble on your oatmeal or granola parfait.
You can even bake with them. I added them to my whole wheat orange scones for an extra dose of fab-u-lous!
And speaking of my scones, these are crunchy and flakey on the outside, perfectly moist on the inside. They are full orange juice, orange fruit and orange zest.
I dabbled a little homemade orange sugar on some of them and added a bit of orange glaze on the others. Both, were inhaled.
And who says real men don’t eat scones? I served a plate at my husband’s cub scout leader meeting and was left with an empty plate.
“Mmmm… Laura, these are crum(b)-y scones!”
That’s a pun provided by our favorite den leader/comedian.
Yeah, they get a lot of work done at these meetings…