8 Tastes of Chia or Chai



What are chia seeds? Chia seeds are native to Central and South America. They are part of the mint family. Chia seeds can be added to many different foods, as shown in the recipes below. They can also be soaked in water to make a gel. You can mix the gel with your favorite fruit drink to add flavor. What are the benefits of chia seeds? There are mixed opinions about the benefits of chia seeds. Some of said they are good for your heart others say it’s good for weight loss, but it was difficult to find any conclusive information.  It is known that chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They are also gluten-free.

Chia Recipes

Chia Seed Pudding
In a little over half an hour, you can be enjoying some chia seed pudding. This recipe is great if you love chia and strawberries. Other ingredients include pure maple syrup, sliced almonds, and Greek yogurt. Get the recipe here.

Lemon Chia Seed Scones with Sweet Lemon Cashew Glaze
This recipe will make 6 large scones. It’s also vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free! Don’t forget the lemon zest on this one! Get the recipe here.

Raw Chocolate-Chia Energy Bars
You’ll want a food processor for this recipe because you’ll be making a purée. This recipe makes 8 energy bars. Get the recipe here.

Chia Drink
Great for a healthy snack. This recipe calls for warm water, chai seeds, and your favorite juice. Watch the chai drink video below:


What is Chai?

If you mix cardamom (or cinnamon, ginger, cloves), sugar, and milk with your tea leaves, you’ll notice a very distinct flavor — chai. If you love the taste of chai there are ways to infuse the flavor into some sweet treats. You can also try our chai meal replacement shake powder. Chai-tea.org, which isn’t associated with NSP, is a good resource if you want to know more about chai. They also have a selection of recipes (none of them are included below).

Chai Recipes

Chai Cookies -Frosted Chai Spice Snickerdoodles
Allow yourself an hour and a half to make and bake these cookies. If you can wait until the cookies cool, there is also a vanilla frosting recipe. Get the recipe here.

Chai Meal Replacement Shake
Here is our “recipe”, using our very own SmartMeal Chai. SmartMeal Nutritional Shake Mixes give you a delicious, healthful drink that’s only 130–140 calories and chock full of nutrients to vitalize your body and give you energy. Find our more about SmartMeal here.

Chai Cupcakes
Betty has been busy baking Chai Cupcakes, complete with frosting and garnish. Total time from start to finish is just under two hours. Great for a Chai party, this recipe makes 24 cupcakes. Get the recipe here.

Coconut Chai Breakfast Cake
This recipe requires some prep work – it includes chai tea. Make sure you’ve got ginger, vegan sugar, almond extract, and flaked coconut before you start to make. Get the recipe here.