10 Reasons Why Chia Seeds Are a Great Vegan Protein Alternative to Ground Beef
With chia seeds you can make all kinds of protein filled tasty pies, puddings and even parfaits… without any marrow. Though the alcohol might add an interesting flavor. Anyway, one benefit you can count on with chia seeds, you don’t have to worry about chia seeds being associated with any religious conflicts during the holidays.
With chia seeds all you have to do is give them a little water and then watch them sprout into living green chia sprouts that are packed with nutrition. (You probably don’t want to try this with ground beef.) But, speaking of nutrition….
Let’s look at the minerals found in beef first. Beef contains 7 important minerals the body needs including Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc.
People are figuring out fantastic ways to use chia seeds. Just milling them into flour has opened up a whole new gluten-free world of tasty treats. Chia flour also increases hydration in vegan baked goods like muffins, cakes, crackers and cookies – that way they are nice and moist.
You can also use chia flour as an “egg substitute” in those same baked goods. Sorry, but I don’t know any ground beef that can be turned into tasty gluten free cakes. I mean, there are “beefcakes” but that’s a different type of treat.
Speaking of different…
Now that you know you can grind up some chia seeds into chia flour, you can use that flour to make savory stuff too. Just use it in place of regular flour – in this case your “dredge”. Who doesn’t love a gluten-free fried chicken wing?
But chia seeds. They’re a different story.
If you wouldn’t either, fortunately you can soak 2oz of chia seeds in water (1:1 ratio) and watch them expand into a gelatinous-like goo. Totally fascinating.
You can add them to your smoothie, swollen in globs so they float around in your drink. Or if you don’t like little “caviar roe” like seeds swirling around your mouth and getting stuck between your teeth, you can use them to thicken your smoothies and soups. You can even make delicious puddings with sprouted chia seeds. That way you can avoid eating any gelatin from animal hooves. Bonus!
Anyway, many of the reasons why these little seeds are considered a part of the “super food” category is because as you’ve just learned, they are a dense nutritional source delivering nutrients that may be otherwise difficult to consume with the Standard American Diet.
Yes, chia seeds will get stuck in your teeth. Yes they will get everywhere if you spill them. Yes they are almost twice the price of beef per pound – even though the price of beef has doubled in the past 10 years.
Difference is, you’ll be lucky if you can get 2-3 servings out of one pound of ground beef. Chia seeds will provide all these benefits for many more servings than you could ever eek out of ground beef!
I guess if you really wanted to “beef UP” your burger, add the chia seeds to the beef! Don’t call me crazy for that one. I just searched “chia seed patty”. You’ll see it. Someone else created that masterpiece and called it a “Circus Burger”. Apropos.