“Are there Chia seeds in this?”, My Time as a Healtheries Super Sampler.

Thanks healtheries

Thanks Healtheries

“Is there Chia in this?”

The answer to this question for most of April has been a resounding – YES!

At the beginning of my time as a Healtheries Super Sampler I mentioned that I wanted to experiment with Chia being an addition to our diet and I would not use it in new recipes. I stuck to this and we had chia in many a breakfast, baking, snuck into dinners and even as a beauty treatment.

I have been pleasantly surprised by both the Healtheries Ground Chia and Healtheries Black Chia Seeds. It has been enjoyable to use chia and hide it knowing that I have added more nutrition to our everyday foods. Chia will continue to be a staple item in my cupboard and I am going to buy some s White Chia Seeds.

Thank you Healtheries for choosing me as a Super Sampler.

Here is a round-up of ways I have used Healtheries Chia seeds.

Peach Chia Jam, no cook

Peach Chia Jam

Peach Chia Jam (Healtheries Black Chia Seeds)

Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf.

Lemon Loaf with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

Look! Golden granola.

Look! Golden granola.

Granola Using Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

Blueberry pancakes with Healtheries Ground Black Chia Seeds.

Blueberry pancakes

Blueberry Pancakes with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

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Ground chia used as a binder in meatballs

Healtheries Ground Chia as a Binder.

Healtheries Ground Chia, oat, blueberry and orange muffin.

Ground Chia, oat, blueberry and orange muffin.

Healtheries Ground Chia, Oat, Blueberry and Orange Muffin.

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Can’t believe I posted this.

Healtheries Ground Chia and Coconut Oil Face Mask.

Overnight waffles with Healtheries Balck Chia Seeds.

Overnight waffles .

Overnight Waffles With Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.

Don’t be scared of chia, buy it, learn to use it and get brave.

Add it to everything to get that added boost of nutrition. Enjoy.

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A New Overnight Waffle Recipe, Yes, You Guessed Right, I Added Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

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I have once recipe for overnight waffles blogged already, that recipe is good but this one is better. With this one there is no mixing to do just before cooking and they have that lovely yeasty taste.

I made these in the morning and we had them for tea with lots of fruit in the evening. The overnight part isn’t a rule, just a guideline. I would make sure they have around 5 hours to stand. If you are worried leave them out on the side for the first hour and then pop them in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

The original recipe is from Foodess.com and uses butter. I have decided to be even lazier and use canola oil. The mix is rather runny but they cook to form a nice risen waffle and are a rather lovely golden colour.

Last night I cooked half the batter without the Healtheries Black Chia Seeds, I added around 2 tbsp to the remaining batter. We did a taste test and agreed that it is worth adding a little goodness. The chia does change the texture and adds what is best described as, a nutty hint.

There are seeds in there, honest.

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Overnight Waffle Recipe - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: around 8-10 waffles
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2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

2 heaped tsp yeast (I use dry granules)

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp castor sugar

1/2 c canola oil

2 c milk (I always microwave any milk for around 45 secs to take cold edge off)

 2 eggs lightly beaten

*optional 2-3 tbsp Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

In a large bowl mix flour, yeast, salt, sugar and cinnamon

In another bowl mix the oil, milk and eggs

Make a well in centre of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients

*add optional Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

Whisk together, cover and leave to rest in the fridge

Heat the waffle iron

Whisk again

When iron is ready add around a ladle full of mix

Cook until brown, a good indication is when steam stops

Eat and enjoy

Healtheries Ground Chia And Coconut Oil On The Face , Yes, Food On The Face!

As I have been searching around the internet for ideas with Chia in its various forms I have noticed a few recipes for face masks. At the moment my skin is really dry and no amount of water drinking is helping and I find it hard to find any products that help with being allergic or having a phobia about spending huge amounts of money on a face cream. I figured I have nothing to lose trying using ground chia, or rather, the worst thing that could happen would be spots.

As I searched the web I found there were a few blogs that were rather interesting on the subject of chia and its use in beauty regime. One particular blog gives all sorts of information on chia in general, have a good read of Beautymunsta and you will see what I mean. What a versatile thing chia is!

When I set out I wanted to make a mask, I ended up with something more like an exfoliant and that is how I used it. As you can see from my beautiful photograph it was rather on the runny side. It made a damn good exfoliant and I used in on my face, hands and feet. I would certainly make this up again and use it in this manner. My skin feels cleansed (in a gentle way) and soft.

I can’t believe I am putting this photo on-

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Healtheries Ground Chia And Coconut Oil On The Face Muffinmum.com

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp Healtheries Ground chia
1 tsp lemon juice
If using solid coconut oil microwave for around 10 seconds or until liquid
Add chia seeds and lemon juice
Leave to stand for around 20 minutes
Spread onto face as evenly as possible (this is a messy business) *
Leave on the face
Rub the remaining mix hands and feet in gentle circles and wash off
With a flannel remove the mixture off your face and then rinse
 *take a photo and add it to comments

Healtheries Ground Chia, Oat, Blueberry and Orange Muffins – What a Mouthful.

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I have to be honest, these must be the healthiest and heaviest muffins I have ever made. They are pretty dense and almost healthy. I wasn’t convinced that I would like them and I would get negative feedback from my taste testing work mates, but no.

I did like them and so did they. I would say that these are defiantly the bread end of the scale for muffins and I think they batter would make an excellent loaf. I may just have to test that theory out.

I got 5 large muffins out of the batter, next time I would keep them smaller as they were rather filling. They were very moist and I couldn’t taste the Healtheries Ground Chia at all. Over all, I was impressed with the healthy muffin I created and would make it again.

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Ground Chia, Oat, Blueberry and Orange Muffins - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: around 8-10
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1 c plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp ground chia

Large pinch salt

3/4 c oats (I used quick cook)

1/3 c sugar (or substitute)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1  egg, lightly beaten

3/4 c milk

1/4 canola oil

1 c blueberries (from frozen)

Zest of 1 orange

Preheat oven to 180

Grease or put cases in a 12 hole muffin tin (probably get 8-10 )

Mix flour, baking powder, ground chia, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a medium size bowl

In a separate bowl or jug combine the egg, milk and oil

Add the wet to the dry until all the flour is incorporated, get all the flour but do not worry about lumps

Stir in blueberries and orange zest

Add roughly 1 dessert spoonful to each prepared hole (about 2/3rd of hole)

Bake until light brown and springs back, around 15-20 minutes

* ground chia seeds provided by Healtheries

Blueberry Pancakes with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

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Yes, another pancake recipe and yes, more chia seeds. These chia seeds are so very easy to use and I am really enjoying adding them to everyday things to bump up the nutrition. Have a google, figure out some ways to use them yourself and have a read about the power they pack.I even added 2 teaspoons of ground chia to bind our meatballs for tonight dinner, I still haven’t told the family.

They did know that our Sunday breakfast pancakes had Healtheries Black Chia Seeds in the mix. The pancakes were declared very good and the basic recipe is one I have been tweaking and working on. It was a good batter and made excellent pancakes. I will be using the recipe again and may even up the Chia to 1 1/2 tablespoons.

The seeds aren’t very visible in the photos they all seemed to be inside the pancake. I really like the little crunch the black chia seeds add to this basic pancake recipe.

Blueberry Pancakes with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds- Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: 4-6 people
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1 1/2 c plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/4 c buttermilk (or milk with 2 tsp of lemon or white vinegar left to stand for a few minutes)

1 egg lightly beaten

2 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp Healtheries Black Chia Seeds (get brave – make it 1 1/2)

1 cup blueberries fresh or still frozen

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt

In another bowl mix the milk, egg, oil and vanilla

Stir the wet into the dry until well combined (don’t over mix)

Fold in the chia seeds and blueberries

Heat a fry pan and add a little canola oil

Add batter around 1/4 c at a time, turn when bubble appear

Serve with fruit and maple syrup

Granola using Healtheries Black Chia Seeds – rather impressed.

Look! Golden granola.

Look! Golden Granola.

I feel rather old saying this, I love a bowl of granola with some fancy yoghurt for breakfast at the weekend. So does Mr Muffin, I never thought I would say that. We generally have a seedy one and on looking at the ingredients I noticed it too contained black chia seeds.

This got me thinking on using my Healtheries Black Chia Seeds and I investigated various recipes and created a granola suitable for us. I didn’t even have to buy anything to add to it, that made me happy.

It was my first attempt at granola and next time I will make an effort to have bigger clumps by stirring it a little less. I may add a little dried fruit while the granola cools, dried cherries would be good.

The Healtheries Black Chia Seeds add a nice crunch and texture. These little seeds are certainly finding their way onto my shopping list. Healtheries sent me the Chia as I am one of their Super Samplers.

Granola with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds - Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: enough to go around a group
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1 3/4 c oats ( I used quick cooking)

3/4 c chopped nuts (I used cashews and almonds)

1/2 c Healtheries Black Chia Seeds

1/2 c shredded coconut (unsweetened is the best)

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c honey

1/3 c canola oil

1 tbsp brown sugar (or your favourite sweetener)

1 egg white

Heat oven to 160c

Line your largest baking tray with grease proof paper

In a big bowl combine oats, nuts, chia seeds, salt , ground cinnamon and coconut

In a separate bowl mix the honey, egg white, oil and sugar

Add the wet mix onto the dry mix and stir, you want to give it a good mix

Tip onto the baking tray and spread out, leave some bits clumped together if you want lumps.

Bake for 15 minutes, check and stir gently

Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden

Leave to cool in tin before tipping into an air tight tin, will keep for up to 2 weeks.

* you can add the nuts after cooking if you want them to remain raw.

Chia – jumping on the super grain train, thanks to Healtheries and the title of Chia Super Sampler!

I’m a Healtheries Chia Super Sampler

One day I came home to happy post, a parcel containing  a mini cook book and a bag of Healtheries Black Chia Seeds and Healtheries Ground Chia Seeds. I had put my hand up for being a Super Sampler via their Facebook page and been one of the chosen ones.

After opening the parcel and having a squish of the packets and a read of the book, I came to the realisation that I know nothing about these seeds.

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Over the past week I have read a fair bit about Chia and come to the decision that I am going to experiment with Chia being an addition to our diet. I want to carry on with the way we eat and not change our diet to suit the use of Healtheries Black Chia Seeds and Healtheries Ground Chia Seeds.

Being me, I rushed into making something without thinking too much. I made chocolate pudding, none of us enjoyed it and chocolate pudding isn’t something we would eat normally. There was my lesson, stick with what we like, know and would eat normally. My next experiment was a success.

The summary of my time as a Healtheries Super Sampler can be found here.