Chia Gel Adds Nutrients in Your Favorite Foods
Chia gel is a quick, easy staple you can whip up at home and store in your fridge. With a supply of chia gel at the ready, it is a cinch to increase nutrients in your favorite foods.
Add chia gel to creamy foods, liquids, condiments, salad dressings, and even peanut butter and jelly. The gel doesn’t affect flavors. What it does is increase a food’s vitamin and mineral levels, and add protein and omega fatty acids. It also promotes weight loss by filling your stomach with fiber. Following is one way to make chia gel.
Chia: A Non GMO Food
If a food is labeled as GMO it means that its genetic material has been altered through genetic engineering. According to the National Agriculture Statistics Board annual report for 2010, 93 percent of the planted area of soybeans, 93 percent of cotton, 86 percent of corn, and 95 percent of sugarÂ beets in the United States were genetically modified varieties.
First, you will need chia seeds. You can probably find them at health food stores or even some grocery stores.
Chia gel adds nutrients. Chia is low in calories. Win-win.
Making Chia Gel
Chia gel: Take 1-cup cool water and 1-1/2 tablespoons chia seeds. Pour the water into a plastic or glass container with a tight seal. Slowly pour chia seeds into water while briskly mixing with wire whisk. Wait 3 or 4 minutes then whisk again. Let the mixture stand about 10 minutes before whisking again. Seal the container and store mixture in the refrigerator for up to two weeks to use as needed. Whisk before using.
Note: Soaking in water will soften chia seeds, but they will still be slightly crunchy. Recipe makes 1-1/4 cup.
Where Chia Gel Adds Nutrients
Chia gel adds nutrients to almost any condiment, dip, or spread. Do experiment! To get started, here are some ideas.
- Nut butter. Add up to 1 tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon nut butter.
- Jam or jelly. Add 1 teaspoon chia gel for every tablespoon jam or jelly.
- Maple syrup or honey. Add 1 teaspoon chia gel for every tablespoon of syrup.
- Mayonnaise. Add up to 1 tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon mayonnaise.
- Mustard. Add up to 1 tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon mustard.
- Ketchup and cocktail sauce. Add 1 teaspoon chia gel for every tablespoon ketchup or cocktail sauce.
- Barbecue sauce. Add 1 teaspoon chia gel for every tablespoon barbecue sauce.
- Guacamole. Add1/2Â½ tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon of guacamole.
- Hummus and other bean dips. Add 1 tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon hummus.
- Salsa. Add 1 teaspoon chia gel for every tablespoon salsa.
- Salad dressing. Add 1 tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon salad dressing.
- Sour cream. Add 1 tablespoon chia gel for every tablespoon sour cream.
On a Weight Loss Program?
If you are already on any established weight loss program, chia can be just what you need to ensure success. Simply adding chia to what you are already eating can help fill you up. Chia creates a feeling of satiety so you won’t eat more than you need. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels.