Chia Seeds vs. Chai Tea

Amy Beney MS RD CDCES

January 18, 2023

 

Is chai tea made from chia seeds?

That is a great question.

They are spelled similarly and are both from plants; it makes sense to question is chia and chai the same thing.

Let’s find out.

What are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are an impressive nutrition weapon in your arsenal for health that is all packed into a black or sometimes white seed. They are a great and easy way to add plant-based fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and magnesium.

A super fun fact about chia seeds is that they can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid and develop a creamy coating, which creates a distinctive gel texture. This is great for filling you up and helps with regularity.

How to use chia seeds

Like many seeds, chia seeds are highly versatile, which is why you may be hearing so much about them.

They are fantastic when combined with oatmeal, smoothies, salads, yogurt, cereals, soups and stews. They can be added to chia pudding, which can be used for dessert, breakfast, or snacks. Chia seeds can also be ground into powder to form chia seed powder, which is excellent to mix into dishes.

Chia seeds can also be added to hot drinks. Chia seed coffee is a great way to start the day when time is of the essence when you need a boost of coffee and nutritious seeds.

Chia seeds can also be ground into chia powder which also has great addition to beverages, salads baked goods.  Chia powder is especially useful if you do not like the texture of chia seeds.

Not only do they contain all these great nutrients, but they are also affordable.

What is Chai tea?

Chai is a sweet and spicy beverage made with black tea, a combination of spices and sweetener, boiled with milk and water. It’s typically made with black tea; the spices include cinnamon, cardamom pods, ginger, cloves, and star anise.

Chai is the word for tea in Hindi, but contrary to popular belief, chai is not an ancient Indian drink.

The benefits of drinking chai typically come from the combination of spices used in the blend.

How to use Chai tea?

Chai can be used as a flavoring for other dishes such as chai overnight oats, chai cookies, lattes, or just drank how you like your tea.

Chai latte is commonly consumed, with hints of vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, ground cloves, peppercorn, and black tea mixed with creamy milk and sugar, is sure to satisfy.

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Chai Vs. Chia

When considering the difference, think of “chia” as seeds that can grow plants and chai as a delightfully flavored tea that blends well with milk.

 

What is the difference between chia and chai?

Chia seeds are from a flowering plant, while chai is a delicious combination of spices. Both can be used in teas or coffees, but chai is more of a flavoring, while chia seeds are a consumable food.

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Can I put chia seeds in chai tea?

Yes! Chia seeds can be added to a variety of hot liquids. They expand and create fullness; you will also get all the incredible health benefits of chia seeds. It may have a different mouth feel than you are used to. You can combine a great flavored beverage with the health benefits of chia seeds

Dirty Chai vs Chai

An interesting fact that I did not know was what a dirty chai was. It is a chai tea with espresso. Such a fun name!