Some of the benefits of Chia are added protein and fibre, making it a popular feature of many an athlete's diet.  Chia is high in fibre with 5.7g of fibre per every 15g serving of chia seed, helping to aid the regular digestion of food.  Chia seeds are also a good source of iron and calcium, helping you to maintain strong, healthy bones.  As you can see, you gain many benefits from adding Chia seeds to your diet, so now let’s take a look at some exciting recipes to add some zing to your day!

5 Ways to take chia seed with your lunch

1. Delicious dahl:

First on our list is an Asian inspired dahl meal, which uses beans or chickpeas to create a healthy curry like dish that is packed with great flavour.  Using tomatoes, ginger, garlic, turmeric and cumin, you make a tasty tomato based curry paste and add chia seed to your mix and cook.  You can make this dish in advance and reheat to enjoy at home or in work the next day for your lunch.  Check out our step by step guide to make your own chia seed dahl by clicking here.

Dahl recipe with chia seeds - Linwoods

2. Sweet potato and chorizo soup:

Another dish packed with flavour, this time the taste of the Mediterranean, is sweet potato and chorizo soup.  An easy to make dish that will take little time to create; simply boil off your sweet potato and add some onion and apple for sweetness.  Blend this together adding chia seed and sliced chorizo.  Cook this for a further 5 – 10 minutes at a low heat and enjoy.

Sweet potato chorizo chia soup - Linwoods

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3. Salad:

A popular lunchtime dish for many of us is the lunchtime salad, a dish that has many different variations.  Whether you are adding meat to your dish or simply opting for a vegetarian option, add some chia seed to add another dimension to the texture and flavour of your salad.  Check out our tasty prawn salad recipe on the Linwoods recipe page, for a salad dish to enjoy milled chia seed on.

Chia prawn noodle salad - Linwoods

4. Chia seed granola:

Another healthy dish to enjoy for lunch is a tasty lunchtime granola.  A granola tends to include a mix of toasted oats with honey and can sometimes have dried fruit such as cranberries, apricots and raisins added to them.  Another dish that is easy to make, you can prepare granola in advance and enjoy for your lunch or as a snack during the day.  Add some chia seed for added fibre in granola and enjoy with a natural Greek yoghurt.  Check out our Linwoods granola recipe by clicking here.

Chia seed granola recipe - Linwoods

5. Baked potato:

Baked potatoes are a popular lunchtime dish that require very little preparation.  Simply cook in the oven or microwave until cooked soft the whole way through.  Once cooked, slice the baked potato into 4 quarters and select a filling of your choice.  Sprinkle this with Linwoods milled chia seed and enjoy.

Chia seed baked jacket potato - Linwoods

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Have you tried using Linwoods milled chia seeds to create any memorable or easy to make lunches?  Submit your chia seed recipes to us and share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter, and you could be our next Linwoods customer recipe of the month.