Chia Seed Vinaigrette

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In a previous post I discussed the benefits of this fun little super food  – chia seeds!

These little powerful seeds contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and more just to name a few.  The question is, “How do I add them to my diet?”  Very simple – just sprinkle them on just about anything, including ice cream!  Unlike flaxseed where you have to grind them, chia seeds uphold their make-up very well and the body is able to break them down.

 

Chia seeds are able to absorb up to 10 times their weight in water.  You can make a chia seed gel by adding 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 2 tablespoons of water.  Some people add this chia gel to beverages but personally I really can’t stand the mouth feel – a little too thick for me.  

So, last night I was making a homemade vinaigrette for my salad and thought maybe if I replace the oil with the chia gel, I could make creamy dressy!  And come to find out through experiment – it works!

 

I put 2 tablespoons of chia seeds in about 3 to 4 tablespoons of water.  Let it set for a couple of minutes until it thickens (it will absorb fast!).   I added the gel mixture to a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic and paprika. Plus 1 teaspoon of honey, mustard and 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.  I blended this up in my magic bullet.  It was a little thick so I added some water and blended again.  It definitely was a nice creamy dressing! 

 

Very cool – you can cut down some calories without using as much oil. 

 

 

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