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How to Use Chia Gel
Add this mixture up to equal parts by weight to sauces, drinks, yogurt, salad dressings, cream cheese (or cream cheese substitutes), jams, jellies, preserves, salsa, hot/cold cereals, yogurt, dips, puddings, soups, or other liquid or creamy foods. The gel won’t affect flavor, but definitely increases nutritional value.
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 2 cups water (filtered).
That is, use 2 cups water for every 1/3 cup chia seeds. This makes a 9:1 ratio (water to seed), which is an ideal ratio for a basic chia gel. You can experiment with using more or less water, depending on your preference, or the consistency of the food item to which you’re adding it.
- Put water (slightly warm mater will form gel faster) into a container that comes with a tight-fitting lid (e.g., a mason jar).
- Pour dry seeds into the water and screw lid on tight.
- Shake container for 15 seconds.
- Let stand for 1 minute and shake again.
- This mixture (i.e., basic chia gel) will store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
You can modify this recipe to suit your needs. For example, you may prefer to grind the seeds (and thereby release the essential fats for better assimilation). Or you may prefer to use more water in order to achieve a less thick gel. Play with the process until you discover what works best for you. In fact, get creative with it!
- The photo to the right is just an example of using chia gel in drinks.
More Benefits of Chia Gel!
- Chia’s hydrophilic structure holds water, so when mixed with foods (e.g., sauces), it displaces calories and fats without compromising flavor. Chia gel is therefore also a great replacement for fats in baked goods.
- Tip for Blood Sugar Regulation: For individuals having diabetes or anyone desiring to stabilize blood sugar levels, research suggests taking 3 tablespoons of chia gel with each meal for an optimal slowing of the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, as well as providing better assimilation of the foods you eat. (source)