Chia seeds are related to the mint family and have been around since the time of the Aztecs. You will find three different types of chia seeds in the health food store. THe white and black seeds have the same nutritional rofile, while brown seeds are not quite ripe. Gluten free chia seeds are high in calcium, fiber and anti-oxidants. And good news, they can be eaten safely if you have a nut allergy, adding crunch to salads and baked goods.
These tiny seeds are also extremely high in linoleic acid– the vegetable oil most closely linked to fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin. Some experts believe that chia seeds have a significant health benefits including lower cholesterol. weight loss, better insulin regulation and lower triglycerides . However real eveidnece of these benefits are not there yeat so its not wise to count on chia seeds to manage these health problems.
Cooking With Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are taseless but can add a bit of crunch to a wide range of recipes. Given the season, I’m sharing a perfect pumpkin pancake recipe that is adapted from a dish I found on the Nestle website.
Chia- Pumpkin Pancakes
Ingredients: 2 cups of Bisquick, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 cups milk, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree ( unflavored), 2 tablespoon brown sugar, 2tablespoons sweet butter, melted, 2 tablespoons chia seeds,
Directions: Combine flour and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix milk, eggs, brown sugar, and butter and mix into dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are blended. Let the btter rest for 15 minutes and then add chia seeds. Spray a griddle with Pam, heat and ppour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle pan. Watch acrefully and turn with the edges are brown and the surface is covered with bubbles. Serve with pure maple syrup.